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VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 
Alumni Association Officers 

Kathleen Burke Barrett '71BS '73MS/B 

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William Ginther '69BS '74MS/B 

P R E S I c N T L . : : ' 

Andrew Hulcher '84BS/B 

VICE PHESIDENT 

J. Southall Stone '71BS/B 

SECBETAHV 

Dan Massey '92BS/B 

TREASURER 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

OFFICER AT lARGE 



Chairs of School Alumni Boards 
Shirley McDaniel '99BGS 

NONTRADITIONA^ STUL'iES PROGRAM 

Thomas Silvestri '86MBA 

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 

Cheryl Magill '81 MEd'99PhD 

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 




The Kindness of Friends. . . Major donors had the 
opportunity to name rooms: (above) Richard Newdick 
Theatre: Jerry Williams Studio: Joyce Garner (his 
widow) Kenneth Campbell Theatre Library: Mary 
Beane: Raynor Scheme Basement: Jo Anne Draucker 
Makeup Studio. Also Elizabeth Weiss and Gary Hopper 
Studio: Jack and Norma Simpson Studio: Thomas 
Wynkoop Jr. Room. 




Theatre alumni returned to campus April 19-21 
not only to renew old friendships but to celebrate 
the renovation and rededication of Shafer 
Street Playhouse. 

The Richard Newdick Theatre was named 
to honor the theatre faculty member and later 
chair from 1966-96. Newdick also received VCU's 
Presidential Medallion for service to VCU. 
The Kenneth Campbell Theatre Library 
honors the Theatre faculty member and later 
chair from 1970 until his death in 1999. Campbell's 
personal library is the core of the collection. 

On Saturday afternoon, 
alumni saw student demon- 
strations of set design, fight 
choreography and acting. 
Saturday night, Theatre VCU 
presented Moleire's The 
Scams ofScapin, followed 
(of course) by a cast and 
audience party on the set. 



Board of Directors 



William Davis ^aBS/H&S/CPA ■79MS/H&S/CPA 

Jo Lynn DeMary '72MEd 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

Juanita Leatherberry '73BS/B 

Timothy McKeever 'BBMBA 

Michael Wade '86BS/H&S '91MS(RC)/AH 

Linda Warren '75BS/B 



TERM EXPIRING 2003 

Peter Aiken '82 BS '85MS/B 

Marika Byrd '92BGS/NTS 

Quentin Corbett '72BS/B 

Mary Cosby'93/H&S SeMSIRO/AH 

Nina Sims '93BS/MC 

Paul Hundley '866FA 

Cecil Millner '78BS/B '82MACC 

Susan Noble '96MT/E 

Edwin Slipek '746FA 

TERM E :■( P I fl I N G 2002 

Donna Coghlll'»BFA'94MFA 

Eleanor Rumae Foddrell '82BS/B 

Carol Negus '63BFA 

Cathy Pond '76BSW '80MSW 

Kristi Vera '97MSW 

AFRICAN AMERICAN ALUMNI COUNCIL 

Michelle Jones '87BS/H&S 




An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University 




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SlmliT Court Coniicctiiins Is 
a magazine for alumni and 
friends of the Academic Campus of 
Viiginia Commonwealtfi University 
in Riclimond. VCU is a Carnegie One 
Researcti University with an enioU- 

ment of 25,"40ftstudents on the 

Academic and Medical College of 

VirginiaT^H^juses. Tlie magazine is 

published tiyice a year by VCU 

Activities. 



MERCER 
BEN~Cd'RNATZER 

ART DIRECTOR 

PAMELA HAYTER 

CLASS NOTES 

lORlEL FOLTZ 

UNIVERSITY NEWS 

AMANDA COSNER 02 

EDITORIAL INTERN 

BILL ILLS 

DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI ACTIVITIES 

Contact VCU Alumni Activities at 

924 West Franklin Street 

P.O. Box 843044 

Richmond, VA 23284-3044. 

Email: VCU-ALUM(svcu.edu. 
Phone (804) VCU-ALUM 

1828-2586) 

fa.x (804) 828-8197 
Website: www.vcu-mcvalumni.org 




Copyright ® 2002 by Virginia Commonwealth University. 



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Liiimdiv da]' at "Tlic Zoo" 



I am writing about "Tliey Were There," (Winter 
2002) the first-person accounts of the attacl^s 
September 11, 2001, in New York City. Thanks for 
ail that you have done with this story. All the 
accounts move me to tears. 

As a result of your article, my husband Ricky 
Waller '83BS/H&S visited Julie Harvey's '8SBFA 
photo website, and they are planning to meet. 
IRnth of then accounts, mid Julie's photos were in the 
aiticle. Ed.] This real concern for alumni draws us 
into a new way of supporting one another and 
sensing a connection to VCU. 

Shafer Court Connections is a great way to tell 
people about VCU. Both the quality of the publi- 
cation and caliber of the article are wonderful. 
Ricky will share the story with management at St. 
John's University in Manhattan, where he works. 

I have attached a couple of my aftermath 
photos. 

.Appreciatively, 

Jean Atwood-Waller '85BS/B 

Animal House? 

1 enjoyed the article in the Shafei' Couit Connections 
(Winter 2002) about donns of the past. But I 
noticed one gross omission. 

In the Fall of 72, my first visions were of my 
Lafayette Hall's old Tudor graces. This would be 
my home for two years. 1 would be dorm presi- 
dent and vice president of the student housing 
association. 1 would be a member of the winning 
intramural teams. This would be a melting pot of 
young men on their way to adulthood. This was 
Fun. 

At 312 N. Shafer Street, our donn was on the 
fringe of VCU (maybe by design, in that we got 
very little respect). But this was a great donn, affec- 
tionately called The ZOO, scrolled in crayon on 



the front doorstep and later on a sign hanging 
over the door. 

The Zoo needs to be remembered. To me this 
was the heart of VCU. We had style and grace and 
irreverence and a passion for fun. 

Dr.JonPlke'76BS/H&S 

Congratulations on another excellent issue of 
Sliafer Court Connections. Although most alumni 
magazines are stodgy and dull, the subject matter, 
writing style and graphics all combine to make 
this publication very appealing. Most of us don't 
know about the VCU campus and alumni activity 
that the magazine covers. This is what they are 
doing at VCU? Wow! 

It inspires me. Because of the magazine, I've 
become more involved, senang on the 
Nontraditional Studies .Alumni Advisory Board. 

Pamela Bodkin '91BIS/H&S 

I like the look of the winter issue. It's lively and 
atttactive, and you've included a lot of solid 
content for us too. Good job. 

Paul Fleisher '75MEd 

Help! Lost RPI Ring 

1 recently lost my RPI class ring. .Art Carved tells 
me they have no molds for the ring, but they can 
make a new mold if an example of a 1968 ring 
could be located. If you have a ring and would be 
wUling to "loan" it to Art Carved, please contact 
the VCU Alumni Office: (804) 828-2586, VCU- 
ALUM(sVcu.edu. 

James E. Bond '68BS/B 



Commencement and 




Wnm. 



The VCU Alumni Association held its 
first corporate alumni reception on 
April 29- About 600 VCU alumni working 
atthe Richmond-based Philip Morris 
company were invited to learn from 
President Irani the latest news about 
their alma mater and to meet Jeff 
Capel, VCU's new head basketball 
coach Above, Kevin Smith '86BS/B 
and Steve Atkinson '75BS '77MS/B. 



Fortified by a hearty breakfast served by VCU 
Alumni, more than 2,700 new VCU graduates and 
their families listened on May 18 atthe Siegel Center 
as James Burke encouraged them to "reach out [to 
the rest of the world] and give others a little bit of the 

good fortune you have had Those cultures will 

offer us nothing if we don't use our technology to 
help them survive." Burke is a producer and director 
for BBC, PBS and the Learning Channel. Also a 
science historian, he lectures often on technology 
and social change to organizations like NASA and 
IBM. Far right, Sliafer Court Connections Intern 
Amanda Cosner '02BA/H&S with her fiance Cory 
Bausewell '02MS/E. 



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Budget Shortfalls, Tuition Hike 

As a record freshman class of 3,100 helped swell 
VCU's enrollment to 25,400, tuition and fees also 
rose from 6.6 to 7.5 percent for the 2002-03 
academic year. This partly offsets a reduction in 
state support because of a projected $3.8 billion 
shortfall in the Virginia state budget for 2002-04, 
announced last winter. After factoring in tuition 
hikes, VCU's budget is reduced by $13.7 million in 
FY2003, and by $13.2 million in FY2004. 

In August, Governor Mark Warner announced 
a second hit, a further shortfall of $1.5 billion 
more. The Governor asked state agencies to make 
contingency plans for further general fund reduc- 
tions of 7 percent, 1 1 percent and 15 percent. 
VCU estimates those reductions at $1 1.1 million, 
$17.5 million and $23.8 million. 

To manage the cuts, VCU is reducing its oper- 
ating costs, including reductions in adjunct 
faculty and other staff. "It's unfortunate," said 
Paul Timmreck, VCU's vice president for finance. 
"But 70 percent of our budget is in people, salaries 
and benefits, so it's unavoidable." 

Social Work Stars 

In a summary of 61 social work schools and 
departments across the country in the Journal of 
Social Work Education, VCU's ranked eighth in 
overall journal article publications, 1990-99. 
VCU's School ranked seventh in articles published 
In 1998-99 and third in articles published in social 
work journals. 

From 2001-04, Dean Frank Baskind is president 
of the Council on Social Work Education, the U.S. 
accrediting body for BSW and MSW programs. 




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On March 1 1 , First Lady Laura 
Bush dedicated VCU Health 
System's Community Health 
Education Center (CHEC), in the 
signature Gateway Building on 
the MCV Campus. "This center 
IS the gateway of knowledge," 
she said, "and in knowledge we find strength and reassurance." 

CHEC is a 2,225-square-foot multimedia health information center, user-friendly 
for patients, their families and the community researching health topics. The MCV 
Hospitals Auxiliary, the VCU Health System and VCU Libraries developed it. 



The school's MSW program ranked 13th among 
graduate schools of social work in the 2001 U.S. 
News & World Report. 

Professor Dr. Robert Schneider received a 
national award from the Council for creating 
an organization to teach social work faailty 
and students how to lobby state legislators on 
policy issues. 

Universities Growing Cities 

VCU in Richmond and Columbia University in 
New York were recently cited as premier examples 
of universities revitalizing their cities and stimulat- 
ing regional economic growth. Boston-based 
CEOs for Cities and Initiative for a Competitive 
Inner City wrote about VCU's economic boost to 
Richmond and the region by founding the new 
School of Engineering and co-sponsoring the 
Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. 

In the revitalization of Broad Street, universit)' 
growth meant community development. "Broad 
was an utterly abandoned corridor," said John 
Woodward, Richmond's director of economic 
development said in the report. "VCU single- 
handedlv turned it around." 




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In June, VCU became the 
first four-year American uni- 
versity staffed by American 
faculty to graduate students 
at a branch campus in the 
Persian Gulf. The all-female 
VCU-Qatar College of Design 
Arts awarded Bachelor of 
Fine Arts degrees to 21 students — four in fashion design and merchandising, five in graphic 
design, and twelve in interior design. Mary McLaughlin, associate director of VCU-Qatar, believes 
that her students will be pioneers in the region's male-dominated society. 

Students wowed fans with their show, "Inside Out." Intenor design students crafted the 
stage; graphic design students produced program and invitations; fashion students presented 
original designs. (Models were not Muslim.) Sandra Wilkins, associate professor of fashion design 
and merchandising, is sure that "with this haute couture collection, Amal, Hend, Noora and Rod 
will spark new thinking about fashion, fashion business and creativity." 




VCU artweb 

Tiber. Clay, Mixed Media." Anderson 
Gallery, September 6-December 1 . For 
Art. Dance, Theatre, Music — all that 
jazz, see www.vcu.edu/artweb 

Federal Appointment 

Secretan/ of Labor Elaine Chao 
announced the confirmation of Dr. Roy 
Grizzard '68BS '72MEd as the first 
assistant secretary of the Office of 
Disability Employment Policy. Formerly 
commissioner for the Virginia 
Department for the Blind and Vision 
Impaired, Grizzard, who is legally blind, 
brings extensive personal and profes- 
sional experience to the job. Chao spoke 
of Grizzard's "deep empathy and com- 
passion in leading the charge to 
increase employment of persons with 
disabilities." 

MBA un Bon Marche 

VCU's School of Business allies with 
Department of Foreign Languages so 
that French majors can minor in 
business. Juniors in the new BA 
program will spend a year studying at 
the Ecole Superieure de Commerce 
Marseille Provence. After earning the 
BA. students can apply to the MBA 
program and finish within one calendar 
year. Graduate students on this track 
would return to Marseille for a graduate 
semester abroad. 

The School has also revised its 
MBA program to integrate more infor- 
mation technology across the whole 
curriculum. 



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VCU hired Ward Television Corporation to produce a 52-week public 
television show on genetic research and the life sciences, "Secrets of 
the Sequence." The series began on April 7 and by late summer was 
reaching 1 50 stations, 80 percent of public TV viewers. Each episode 
features three eight-minute segments on genetic research and its 
impact on people's lives. VCU scientists join colleagues from Harvard 
University; the University of Michigan; the University of Wisconsin, 
Madison; the University of California, San Francisco; and the Medical 
Research Council/Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, 
England, discussing their current work. 

VCU arranged $4 million in funding for the show, and has paid 
$10,000 a month since 2000 to the public relations company develop- 
ing the senes. The investment is paying off. VCU is talking with the 
National Academy of Science and the National Association of Biology 
Teachers about writing a teaching guide based on "Secrets" to use 
with high school students. 



Crime Scene: Enter Here 

The State Council of Higher Education 
for Virginia has approved VCU's new 
undergraduate forensic science 
progrann. Linking the fields of biology, 
chemistry and criminal justice, the 
program prepares students for careers 
as chemists, crime lab analysts, crime 
scene technicians, federal agents, 
forensic molecular biologists and 
toxicologists. 

Response to Bioterrorism 

VCU AIDS and infectious disease expert 
Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz will oversee a 
statewide push to improve the Virginia 
public health system's capacity to 
respond to biological and chemical 
attacks. As Deputy Commissioner for 
Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
Kaplowitz will administer millions in 
federal grants "I look forward to 
building the program," Kaplowitz said. 

Shaping Space 

As part of Virginia Architecture Week, 
VCU students heard interior design pro- 
fessional Gary Wheeler 
at VCU's Interior Design 
Day, April 18. Managing 
director of Perkins & Will 
in Chicago and the firm's 
national director of interi- 
ors, Wheeler is also past 
president of the 
American Society of 
Interior Designers (ASID), 
"Our success," he 
told students, "is more and more a 
cross-selling of architecture and interi- 
ors. We find it's working very well. Our 
diversity is paying off." Sponsors 
included VCU's Department of Interior 
Design, and student and Virginia 
chapters of ASID. 

Cold War I 

Wearing his historian's hat VCU 
President Dr. Eugene Irani, with Dr. 
Donald Davis has published The First 
Cold War The Legacy of Woodrow 
Wilson in U.S-Soviet Relations. 
Universit/ of Missouri Press. 





Jazz Infusion 

W.E. Singleton fell in 
love with jazz at IS, lis- 
tening to a Louis 
Armstrong record for 
the first time. Now, the 
real-estate magnate is 
making an unprece- 
dented $2 million 
donation to nourish his 
favorite American art 
form at VCU's Jazz 
Studies Program. The 
gift, coming to VCU 
over several years, will fund instmments and 
sound equipment, scholarships for talented 
students, and performances by major jazz artists. 

In thanks, VCU will name its Performing Arts 
Center for Singleton in October. Singleton makes 
it a party, sponsoring a Mini Jazz Festival on 
October 28, with free performances by singer 
Renee Marie, jazz violinist Joe Kennedy Jr., and 
performance and classes with MacArthur winner, 
saxophonist Steve Lacy. 

Singleton was a long-tenn fan of VCU Jazz 
under pre\ious director, Doug Richards, who 
fostered alumni greats like Al Waters '86, tenor 
sax with Ray Charles; Alvin 'Walker '93 
trombone, Count Basie Band; James Genus 
'87BM bassist, Saturday Night Live; Alvester 
Gamett '93BM drummer, with Abby Lincoln, 
Betty Carter; Ron Jenkins '87BM bassist, with Bill 
Evans, Cher; Steve 'Wilson '84 alto and soprano 
sax, with Chick Corea, Billy Taylor. 



New director, trombonist Antonio Garcia, 
"can speak my jazz language," Singleton says. 
Garcia keeps those hits coming with VCU's new 
CD, It Could Happen To You. Mini jazz Festival, 
October 28, W.E. Singleton Centei; 7:30 pm; free; (804) 
828-1 166; www.vcujazz.org . 

Early Birds, Warmer World 

VCU biologists Dr. Charles Blem and his wife 
Leann Blem have studied migratory and breeding 
patterns of prothonotary warblers on the James 
River for 16 years. 

The Blems' records show the birds returning 
from South America and the Caribbean to Vrrginia 
nests an average of a day earlier every spring. 
Blem thinks rising temperatures in the Deep 
South and competition for nesting holes trigger 
the earlier return. Tliis year, the first warbler 
arrived .April 3, nearly 2-4 weeks early — evidence 
of global warming. 

For most scientists, global warming is a reaUty, 
Blem says. "That argument is over. It's deader than 
a mackerel." Now scientists are studying causes and 
trying to predict just how hot it could get. 

"Branding" America 

More than 600 students and professionals attended 
VCU's 8th Annual International Business Forum 
on March 6: "The Americanization of World Cul- 
tures through TV, Film and Advertising." Viewers 
in Australia, Europe, India and South America 
watched it in live video stream on the Intemet. 
Universal Corporation sponsored the forum. 



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The English Department is bringing artists, writers, teachers and social 
critics to VCU in 2002-03 to explore the roles of writing in creating commu- 
nities and in communities in crisis. Speakers include photographer Wendy 
Ewald; Raymond Federman, founder of Surfiction; and composition expert 
Andrea Lunsford. The senes is cosponsored with the Honors Program, 
through an NEH grant. 

This fall, VCU and the University of Richmond will bring African 
American novelist and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. She will read from 
her work October 2, 7:30 pm, at VCU's Siegel Center. Her lecture on 
"Literature as an Agent of Social Change" is at the UR Robins Center, 
October 3, 1 pm. Events free. Morrison by ticket only: VCU (804) 828- 
1331; UR (804) 289-8980. www.tias.vcu.edu/eng/lcc 




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An international panel discussed how the 
media affects world perceptions of the U.S., and 
proposed an organized effort to "brand 
Americana," with its positive values like opportu- 
nity, decency and tolerance. 

Panelists urged Americans to teach children 
sooner about cultural differences. Dick Robertson 
'67BS/MC, president of Warner Bros. Domestic 
Television Distribution, commented, "We 
[Americans] tend to live in just our own culture. 
You fly from Seattle to Miami and when you get 
off the plane, you're basically in the same place, 
e.xcept for the palm trees." 

Gray Cell Games 

Dr. Donald Abraham, chair of medicinal 
chemistry and director of VCU's Institute of 
Structural Biolog)' and Drug Discoveiy, will take 
his scientific expertise to market, again, with a 
new company called kSero Corp. Abraham and 
kSero's co-founder Susan Hardwicke will use 
current brain research to create toys and games 
that speed up learning. 

kSero (Greek for "I know") will develop a pro- 
totype collection of toys for children four to sL\. 
Abraham and Hardwicke will design their video 
games and toys to stimulate multiple areas of the 
brain simultaneously, increasing children's ability 
to learn and retain infonnation. 

.Abraham received the 2002 Paul Dawson 
Biotechnology Award from the .American 
Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. He pioneered 
the use of anti-gelling agents to treat sickle cell 
anemia and did groundbreaking research on 
allosteric effectors of hemoglobin. He is editing 
the 6th edition of Burger's Medicinal Clii'inistiy and 
writing a new textbook on drug discovery. 

Financial Health Check-Up 

VCU Health System is paying The Hunter Group 
$4.1 million to nudge the system's operating 
margin to 3 to 5 percent. The margin has been at 
.5 to 1 percent, with expenses barely below 
revenue. In May, year-to-date profit was only $4.8 
million on a budget of about $614 million, less 
than a 1 percent margin, too slim for security. 

The three- to six-month process is focused on 
cash flow management and accounts receivable; 
savings through performance improvement, pro- 
ductivity' and compensation; organizational struc- 




A New Stage 

When VCU demolished the old Life Sciences Building and 
Adl<ins Hall this summer to build a sorely reeded new dining 
hall, students and alumni also said goodbye to the Shafer 
Court Stage. To offset the loss, a new outdoor stage is 
planned adjacent to the expanded Commons, and a plaque 
will memorialize the old stage. The new 57,000 square foot 
dining hall will seat 850 and include outdoor cafe seating 
along Shafer Court. 



ture; and clinical documentation review 
and recommendations. 

$$ Squeeze Quality of Care 

How does a hospital's balance sheet 
influence its investment in resources and 
process for high-quality care? Do declines 
in quality come primarily in staffing, in 
deteriorating equipment? Are effects dif- 
ferent in hospitals facing less competi- 
tion? 

Funded by a $1.2 million, two-and-a- 
half year grant from the Agency for Healthcare 
Research and Quality, VCU researchers will study 
U.S. hospitals to see how financial stress affects 
care. "Since the Balanced Budget Act of 1997," 
explains principal researcher Dr. Gloria Bazzoli, 
concern is growing "that changes in hospital reim- 
bursement might have an adverse impact on 
quality of patient care." 

Research Grants Up 

By May 2002, VCU researchers had brought in 
$154 million, surpassing last year's total of $136 
million. National Institutes of Health funding 
increased 19 percent last year, and VCU moved 
from 61st to 57th in amount of NIH awards. 
VCU's goal is $200 million in research grants. 

"Research faculty are the people who really are 
going to move us ahead," said Dr. Marsha Torr, 
VCU's \ice president for research. National Science 
Foundation officials met with VCU faculty to 
talk about research NSF wants to sponsor, and 
Torr's office will help faculty write grant propos- 
als. 




"Building Richmond" 

"Why are VCU's historic houses nation- 
ally important'" VCU architectural histo- 
rian Dr Charles Brownell and Mary 
Broughton, VCU's architect of the univer- 
sity, have answers at the VCU Friends of 
the Library Lecture, October 10 

What they know about this "open- 
air museum of architecture" comes from 
documentation by VCU graduate 
students. On October 1 1 , for the tenth 
year, our students present their findings 
on these and other Richmond buildings 
at "Building Richmond," VCU 
Symposium on Architectural History. 
Friends' Lecture/lunch at The Virginia 
Historical Society. October 10, noon 
Tickets: (8041 828- 1 163 Symposium 
October 11: (8041 828-2784 
Photo www.librarv.vcu.edu/ 
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On March 5, Jeff Cape! Ill took over as head 
of men's basketball at VCU, after the resigna- 
tion of Coach Mack McCarthy. He's the first 
African American men's basketball head 
coach in the schoors history, and, at 27, the 
youngest active Division I coach. 

A 1997 graduate of Duke University, 
Capel was a four-year starter for the Blue 
Devils, finishing his career with 1,601 points, 
433 assists and 220 three-point field goals. 
His freshman season, the Blue Devils went 
to the 1994 NCAA National Championships. He was a two-time AII-ACC selection 
and earned ACC All-Academic honors as a senior. Capel joined VCU last year as an 
assistant coach. The season before, he was assistant coach at Old Dominion 
University under his father, Jeff Capel Jr. 

"I'm very prepared for this job, " Capel told the Richmond Times-Dtspatch. 
" I played for great coaches my whole life. My high school coach and arguably 
the greatest coach in the history of team sports was Coach K (Duke's Mike 
Krzyzewski). I was around a great coach my whole life, my dad. I was around 
Coach Mack this year." 

"I think he'll do a great job," said junior guard Antoine Willie in the Times- 
Dispatch. "For one, as players, we're going to give him 100 percent. And secondly, 
he's been there. He knows what we're going through. Plus, he played for one of 
the best programs in the nation and one of the best coaches ever, so he knows 
what it takes to win." 

"Jeff Capel meets all the criteria," said Dr. Richard Sander, VCU director of 
athletics. "He's had terrific mentors; he has a passion for basketball and coaching; 
and he's continually demonstrated the ability to motivate and interact with student- 
athletes." 

Coach K recommended Capel. "He's prepared in many ways that people 
might not understand because of his youth," Coach K told the Times-Dispatch. 
"His people skills are incredible. He's honest, canng and really knows the game." 



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Executive Material 

VCU's School of Business was ranked 
among the top twenty executive educa- 
tion programs in the Southeast by 
BusinessWeek. Rankings are based on 
surveys of directors of leadership and 
executive development at companies 
worldwide. 

Best Doctors in America 

Best Doctors Inc. asked thousands of 
U.S. physicians what specialist they 
would choose for themselves or their 
families. Among the best were 61 
doctors in 23 specialties from the VCU 
Health System's MCV Hospital. 

By Any Other Name? 

Shafer Court Campus? Commonwealth 
Campus? Fan Campus? After months of 
mulling, a committee of faculty, staff 
and students decided on — Academic 
Campus of VCU. No change was 
needed, and spending money on new 
stationery and signs during a budget 
crisis would be irresponsible. "We like 
it," said one member. "It's our name, 
and we're sticking with it." 

MTV at VCU 

For the first time, MTV 
hit VCU on their popular 
Campus Invasion tour. 
Hundreds of students 
strolled the Student 
Commons Plaza, 
watching classmates performing on a 
karaoke stage and burning original 
music mixes with special computer 
equipment. Some even enjoyed a virtual 
encounter with Ozzy Osbourne. star of 
the popular MTV sitcom "The 
Osbournes," via blue-screen technology. 

Later, students enjoyed perfor- 
mances at the Siegel Center by MTV- 
anointed "buzzworthy" bands Starsailor, 
DRfaiilt and Injected, and Nickelback. 





^llTn ' -^"^"^S ^S The Commonwealth Cancer Foundation for Research, newly created by 
Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr., has pledged $25 million to VCU's 
Massey Cancer Center. The Goodwins' gift is the largest pledge ever to 
the Cancer Center and the University. 

"Our lives have been touched, as even/one's has, by friends and 
family with cancer," says Alice Goodwin '66BS(MT)/AH. "We just feel 
that a gift of this nature might be helpful to a broad group of people." 
From the gift, $18 million will be used strictly for research moving 
potential treatments from the laboratory to human tnals. The $25 million 
pledge will be fulfilled over nine years. Beginning in 2004, their yearly 
support will be a challenge grant. 

"This IS a huge boost," comments Dr. Gordon Ginder, Massey's 
director. "This will help us rapidly move promising developments forward and help us recruit 
outstanding researchers." 

In 2001 the Goodwins, with three close associates — Dr. Peter Brown, Booty Armstrong, and 
Richard Higgerson — began educating themselves about cancer and cancer research, talking to 
top doctors and cancer researchers all over the country. In the end, the Goodwins believe the best 
cancer research facilit/ in the U.S. is in their own backyard. 

"Massey is a jewel in Richmond, in Virginia, and the nation," Alice Goodwin observes. 
"We are most grateful to the Massey family for its continued commitment to the Center. We 
are also grateful for Dr. Walter Lawrence and Dr. Gordon Ginder's exceptional leadership and vision 
at Massey." 

The Goodwins' gift comes after a $1 million commitment from the Massey family in May 
2001, and raises Massey's campaign goal from $71 million to $104 million. The campaign will fund 
a new research building, add six or more endowed chairs and 15 more researchers, renovate the 
Dalton Patient Oncology Clinic, and support research. 

Massey's goal is to move from a National Cancer Institute-designated clinical cancer center to 
a comprehensive cancer center meeting higher NCI standards for research collaboration, funding, 
and prevention and treatment. 



Comings and Goings 

Dr. Donna Brodd, interim vice provost for 
academic affairs since August 2001, has been 
appointed to the position. At VCU, says President 
Eugene Trani, "Dr. Brodd has worked tirelessly to 
support the provost in the areas of curriculum, 
assessment and accreditation." 

She had been chief academic officer for the 
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia 
(SCHEV) for 15 years. "VCU is a dynamic and 
exciting university," says Brodd. "I am honored to 
help the university grow even stronger academi- 
cally and get the credit it deserves." 

Dr. William Duvall, associate vice provost 
and dean of Student .Affairs, said goodbye to 
VCU in May, retiring with his wife to the Outer 
Banks of North Carolina. 

Since 1972, Duvall advocated for VCU 
students. He is especially pleased with develop- 
ment of the Student Commons, now building 
Phase 111. "It is very important for VCU students to 
have a place where they can meet and create a real 
community." He also crafted the VCU Honor 
Code System and championed the VCU Creed, a 
value system for students. 

Dr. Patricia Alvey is stepping down as 
director of VCU's Adcenter to lead a fledgling 
advertising institute at Southern Methodist 
University in Dallas. During her two years at the 
graduate advertising program, Alvey has led 
growth in programs and recruitment, and 
revamped the Adcenter's marketing plan. 

After 31 years of research, teaching and collab- 
oration with the real estate industry. Dr. James 
Boykin is retiring. Boykin joined VCU as an assis- 
tant professor in 1971, was appointed to the 
Alfred I. Blake Chair in 1972, and helped start the 



Virginia Real Estate Center nine years later. Last 
year, he launched the first distance learning in 
VCU's School of Business. 

Boykin is "a legend," says Robert Taylor 
'91MBA, a fomier student who follows Boykin as 
director of the Virginia Real Estate Center. "He has 
shaped and molded countless Individuals involved 
in real estate nationwide." 

Aiier an exhaustive national search, Dr. 
William Bosher Jr. '69MEd was chosen the new 
dean of the School of Education. Since 1998, 
Bosher has been exeaitive director of the 
Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, a 
think tank based at the School. Bosher has been 
superintendent of schools for both Henrico and 
Chesterfield Counties. As Virginia's superinten- 
dent of public instruction under Governor George 
Allen, he led the push to develop Standards of 
Learning for Virginia's K-12 students. 

On Boards. The VCU Board of Visitors 
welcomes four new members, appointed by 
Governor Mark Warner. They are Thomas 
Rosenthal of Richmond, CEO of Med Outcomes, 
Inc.; Philip Thompson Sr. of Chester, president 
and CEO of One Number Information Systems of 
Virginia; Dr. Michelle Romano of Fairfax, a 
physician; and Edward Bersoff of McLean, 
managing director of Quarterdeck Investment 
Partners. 

Lawrence Agnew '82BA/HgjS of Insignia 
Thalhimer was named to the Board of the VCU 
Foundation. 

Dr. W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. '70DDS, a Board 
of Visitors member since 1996, is now its head, 
VCU's rector. "No one loves the university more 
than Baxter," says fomier rector Edward Flippen 
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When VCU launched the Engineer- 
ing School in 1996, newlywed 
sophomore David Colby 'OOBS/En 
BS/H&S paid close attention. 
"Having a family, I became very 
tuned into the job market," he 
readUy admits. He adjusted his 
focus from chemistry to chemical 
engineering. 

Engineering 
turned out to be a 
perfect fit. "1 love 
solving problems," 
Colby says. "It's like 
doing puzzles — fun 
and intellectually sat- 
isfying." Now a 
doctoral student at MIT, he is 
researching Huntington's disease, a 
progressive neurological illness for 
which there is currently no treat- 
ment. 

Huntington's is a genetic muta- 
tion that causes certain proteins in 
the body to form abnormally. These 
abnormal formations bind to other 
proteins, forming clumps that stop 
neurons from functioning. Patients 
gradually lose control of their bodies 
and their mental processes. Colby's 
interest goes beyond scientific curios- 
ity. "My grandfather had Hunting- 
ton's, and my aunt and uncle have it 
too." Colby's mother beat the 
genetic odds, so he and his children 
are not at risk. 

Researchers at MIT explore 
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Adventurous. Innovative by 
definition. Members of the 
first graduating class at VCU 
Engineering relished their role 
as interactive prototypes for a 
brand new program. So new, 
they helped break ground for 
their School's first building. 
And now — just two years out 
of school — these fledgling 
scientists are breaking new 
ground on their own in 
graduate programs and corpo- 
rations around the country. 
For Associate Dean Bart 
Cregger, the success of the 
founding students is no 
surprise. It was carefully 
engineered, after all. "Our 
first class of 2000 would get 
a lot of attention. They were 
hand-picked. These are all 
very interesting people." 

deadly disease. One line of inquiry 
seeks to develop small stretches of 
protein, or peptides, that will bind to 
the abnormal regions of mutated 
proteins and prevent further 
clumping. Another possible treat- 
ment involves larger protein anti- 
bodies that could engulf the diseased 
proteins and prevent them from 
clumping. 

~~~Colby's major contribution so far 
has pushed through a research 
barrier. "People were doing test tube 
experiments with just the proteins, 
but we needed to get the peptides 
into the cells." Colby combined two 
technologies, putting the peptides 
that inhibit clumping into "protein 
tiansduction domains" that allow 
them to cross cell membranes. 



"There are so many people trying, 
and it's so difficult to cure a disease 
that 1 can't feel incredibly optimistic," 
Colby confesses. "But it's so exciting. 
1 hope that what I'm doing can con- 
tribute to the groundwork for a treat- 
ment or a cure." 

Colby says VCU's emphasis on 
undergraduate research set his first 
fascinating puzzles in the lab. "That 
was the most valuable thing 1 did, 
getting into a lab and trying to see 
how scientific research was done in 
the real world." \ 

corporate fire-fighter 

As a child, DanieUe Crawford's 

'02BS/En favorite toy was a physics 
set. She dreamed of becoming a math 
teacher. Then at 
a VCU open 
house for high 
school students, 
she visited the 
Engineering 
table. "People 
were so full of 
positive energy. 
I decided to 
ati:end VCU and 
study engineer- 
ing." 




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Crawford's future continued to 
fall neatly into place. She was looking 
for a summer job, and PhiUp Morris 
USA had just called one of her 
professors. The largest cigarette 
manufacturer in the country needed 
an engineering intern for their 
Richmond plant. Crawford was the 
ideal candidate, with tiouble-shooting 
and analytical skills perfectiy suited to 
corporate R&D. 

Summer internships and part-time 
work led to a full-time job after gradu- 
ation. "1 really enjoy it," Crawford 
declares. "I like the culture. It's a very 
positive work environment, and they 
allow a lot of room for innovation in 
research and development." 

For two years, Crawford has been 
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reduces the risk of fires from careless- 
ness. The focus is on a special type of 
paper with ultra-thin rings that work 
like speed bumps, causing the ciga- 
rette to bum slower when the lit end 
crosses over them. Slower combus- 
tion may make these cigarettes more 
likely to go out before accidentally 
igniting certain fabrics. 

Crawford plans to stay with 
Philip Morris USA. And she's staying 
with VCU. She enrolled in a master's 
degree program last year, supported 
by the company's tuition reimburse- 
ment and flex-time work policy. 

Crawford's years at VCU 
Engineering gave her a sense of com- 
munity and a strong work ethic. 
"And the faculty commitment is 
exceptional. At most universiries, 
you can't see the professors even 
during office hours. At VCU, they 
went above and beyond to help us 
with both our personal and profes- 
sional growth." 

engineering 
bright smileB 

When she was nine, Mia Pham 
'OOBS/En left Vietnam to pursue her 
educatton. Pham goes after what she 
wants, and she brought that spirit 
to her studies at VCU Engineering. 
Enticed by a full scholarship, she 
began a degree in biomedical 

engineering, even 
though that program 
would not open until 
two years into her 
degree. With plenty 
of support from her 
professors, she 
designed her curricu- 
, lum to graduate on 

'* ' ^ -^ time. "Everybody 
caters to whatever it takes for you to 
succeed," says Pham. "They don't 
want to leave anyone behind." 

Now a second-year student at the 
School of Dentistry on VCU's MCV 
Campus, she feels very well prepared. 
"If you really want to be in a medical 
career, engineering is a great back- 
ground to have. It gives you an 
advantage over everyone else." It's 
the hands-on, the practice as well as 
theory, she explains. Engineers don't 




just memorize concepts; they use 
them to solve problems. 

Take her senior thesis project. 
Pham was working with VCU's Dr. 
Peter Moon to solve a long-standing 
dental challenge. "Once a tooth is 
decayed and destroyed, it can't 
remineralize and correct itself," 
Pham explains. "Dr. Moon hopes 
to identify and understand the 
remineralization process and find 
a way to induce that process so 
that there won't be a need for 
restorative fillings." 

That project cemented her 
interest in the field. "Dentistry is 
a form of art," she says, convinced. 
"And the best part of it is that you 
get to see the results of work 
immediately." 

Another attraction is that Dr. 
Dieu My Thi Pham DDS wiU be 
able to open her own practice with 
regular office hours; she can spend 
more time with her family. Pham's 
parents recently moved to California 
from Vietnam, and she is eager to 
finish her degree and rejoin them 
after fifteen years apart. Besides, 
"eight years is a long time to be 
in school!" 

exploding potential 

When Robert Snodgrass 'OOBS/En 

became valedictorian of the first 
VCU Engineering class, many found 
it hard to believe his assertion that 
he was a "complete goof-off" in high 
school. "I had terrible, terrible grades. 
I turned it around towards the end 
of my senior year in high school 
when I realized that I might never 
be able to get into a college I wanted 
to go to." 

Fortunately for him, VCU saw 
his potential and took a chance. 
"I'm really, really glad I went to 
VCU," says Snodgrass. "The type of 
engineer I've become and will be in 
the future has everything to do with 
the education that I got at VCU." 

To earn a master's degree at 
Georgia Tech, Snodgrass studied 
underground explosions in electrical 
vaults under city streets. Fit for the 
X-Files, this rare urban problem may 
become more common as utility 





lines age and 
electrical tians- 
mission cables 
are increasingly 
overloaded. The 
greatest danger is 
that manhole 
covers can 
become 300- 
pound projec- 
tiles, blowing out 
of the ground 
with enough 
force to shoot to 
the top of a ten-story building — 
or kUl a passing pedestrian. 

Snodgrass took over work on a 
computer program that simulates the 
explosion process. "My work has been 
to design code for mitigation schemes, 
ways of reducing the danger," he 
explains. A mitigation scheme might 
involve adding tethers or bolts to a 
manhole cover. Obvious, maybe, but 
will it work? That's why utility compa- 
nies are interested in the program. 
"They don't have a good idea of the 
forces involved. We can tell them 
about that to help them develop the 
schemes and then run code to see 
how effective they'll be." 

Snodgrass finds the new technol- 
ogy fascinating. "I enjoy being able 
to go into an area that nobody's 
really explored and create something 
useful, something that can really 
serve a purpose." 

Next on the horizon for Snodgrass 
is a job at Naval Surface Warfare, 
designing military systems. He will be 
part of a large team, working on a 
broad range of projects from missile 
design to radar systems. "It's kind of 
an odd- jobs sort of place. Any 
problem the Navy might have, they 
come to that center and get help." 
Clearly, an engineer's delight. 

As he embarks on this new career, 
Snodgrass enjoys sharing his experi- 
ence at VCU Engineering with 
colleagues. "It's kind of a neat feeling 
to know that we're the first ones 
through, out there representing the 
School in schools and the workplace." 

Joriel Foltz is a freelance writer in 
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The big buildings of polished stone, old bricks and glass 
at Main and Belvidere Streets loom impressively over 
Monroe Park. The VCU School of Engineering looks 
stationary, but it isn't. This engine definitely has moving 
parts. In fact, this is a School on the move. 

VCU's School of Engineering 
opened its doors six years ago with 107 
students. Enrollment for Fall 2002 is 
1,100 students with an average GPA of 
3.52 and average SAT of 1235; 59 
percent of incoming freshmen graduat- 
ed in the top 25 percent of their class. 
The School has added Master's and PhD 
programs to the BS in chemical engi- 
neering, mechanical engineering, bio- 
medical engineering and electrical engi- 
neering. Computer science recently 

1 moved into the School of Engineering 

from the Math Sciences Department in the College of 
Humanities and Sciences, to facilitate the rich possibili- 
ties for coOaborative research. In May VCU and Virginia 
State University announced they would share faculty and 
facilities in computer engineering. 

Graduates and undergraduate students work with 
VCU faculty and researchers in experimental areas 
including medical imaging, brain tumor biochips, micro- 
fabrication short courses for engineers at NASA, robotics 
in medicine, and dmg design. A campaign is underway 
to finance the School's Phase II, a new building focused 
on bioengineering, generating more synergy with the 
Trani Life Sciences Center on the Academic Campus. 
(See sidebar.) 

From the beginning, the idea driving this engine 
was that students would learn in a real-worid, real-work 
environment. Industry partners 
were part of the planning from 
startup, and their continuing 
input takes VCU engineers 
beyond the norm. 

School of Engineering dean. 
Dr. Robert Mattauch, explains, 
"While most engineering 
programs orient themselves 
specifically at technological excel- 
lence, we hear time and time 
again from our industrial advisors 
that tliis is essential but not suffi- 



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work with a molecular beam epitaxial deposition system — ^which builds 
nanomaterials, one atomic layer at a time. 




cient for today's workers. At VCU we answer the needs of 
today's industry by emphasizing communication skills; 
the ability to think critically and organize one's thoughts 
logically; and an understanding of business and manu- 
facturing, along with an understanding of the global 
nature of today's manufacturing and business worlds. We 
teach not only the ability to work in teams, but also an 
understanding of how teams work, what allows them to 
be successful, and how to help the team reach its goals" 

Philip Morris USA, headquartered in Richmond, has a 
stiong, long-term partnering/internship agreement with 
VCU Engineering. Processing Engineering Manager Jaye 
Mabesoonne and Manufacturing Director Dawn 
Saunders are engineers with 20-25 years of professional 
experience. Mabesoonne has observed that "VCU 
students have been extremely well prepared in the engi- 
neering basics and concepts." She also values VCU's 
emphasis on teamwork with hands-on projects. "We 
have found the VCU Engineering Internship relationship 
extremely beneficial," says Saunders. 

Another fan is Michael Yeatts, director of Human 
Resources at Ondeo Degremont, Inc., which supported 
the launch of the Engineering School. "As we design and 
engineer equipment and systems for the treatment of 
water and wastewater in the municipal and industrial 
markets, it is imperative for ODI to have top flight engi- 



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neers. We have been pleased 
with the quality of the engineers 
from VCU." 

Diversity is another way that 
School of Engineering teams 
mirror the working world. The 
makeup of VCU engineering 
students in 2001 showed: White 
59 percent, Asian 16 percent, 
African American 18 percent, 
Hispanic 4 percent. Native 
American 0.5 percent, other 2.5 
percent; with 23 percent female 
and 77 percent male. "The sur- 
prising feature of our diversity is 
that 52 percent of our undergraduate student population 
is composed of gender or ethnic groups not traditionally 
found in engineering. This pretty much replicates what is 
predicted for the technological workforce of the year 
2006. And this is another reason that major employers 
find VCU a fertile recmiting ground for their employ- 
ment base of the future," says Dean Mattauch. 




Julia McLees '01 BS/En and Annuh Phung analyze a new 
chemical compound. 





FIRST in the Class. For the NASA 
LangleyA/CU FIRST Robotics 
Competition every spring at VCU's 
Siegel Center, high school 
students solve an engineering 
challenge and then see how it 
plays out. Mentored and funded 
by corporate sponsors, each 
team designs and builds a robot 
to perform an assigned task — 
playing basketball, say. Finished 
robots compete against each 
other. This year, 66 teams and 
2,000 students came to VCU from 
across the U.S., a great opportu- 
nity for them to see VCU. The 
freshman class of 2002 includes 
26 FIRST veterans. 



Judith Brooks at Dominion 
Virginia Power (Nuclear) in 
Richmond comments, "The VCU 
School of Engineering is a 
recruiter's dream in terms of 
academic quality and diversity. 
The enthusiasm and open door 
policy practiced by Dean 
Mattauch, Associate Dean Bart 
Cregger, and faculty is outstanding 
in making local industry feel 
welcome and valued on and off 
campus." Mark Carlton, 
Dominion's specialist in Corporate 
' Diversity and Staffing, is "very 
impressed" that VCU students have "hands-on experi- 
ence from their first semester," great preparation for engi- 
neering work at companies like Dominion. 

Teaching and training on multiple levels requires 
unique, energetic, 
experienced and 
aeative teachers. The 
School recmits out- 
standing faculty who 
are excellent teachers 
and also engaged in 
research and 
economic develop- 
ment. With a current 
faculty of 48, the 
School received more 
than $2.5 million in 
research funding in 
2001-02, with $16 
million worth of 
research proposals 
under review by 
funding agencies and 
industry. 

Dr. Robert 
Pearson, associate 
professor of electrical 
engineering, directs a curriculum to give students hands- 
on experience in the "clean room," a 7,500-square-foot 
center for working with semiconductors. "VCU's clean 
rooms replicate the environment, equipment and proto- 
cols used in the industry," he explains. "Student design 
projects have included micro-mechanical pressure 
sensors, ion implanted bipolar process designs, and 
investigations into retention time failure mechanisms 
in memory chips." 

This spring DDi Corporation, a leading provider of 
time-critical interconnect services for the electtonics 
industry, set up a Center for Advanced Printed Circuit 
Board (PCB) Design and Manufacturing off campus using 
similar clean room facilities. At DDi's Center, VCU 
faculty and graduate students design and manufacture 




A microelectrical engineer inspects a wafer. 
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The Phase II plan for the engineering school can now 
get underway with the generous $10.5 million unre- 
stricted gift this spring from Richmond car rental 
entrepreneur Ken Wright and his wife, Dianne. Phase 
II includes construction of a new 106,000 square foot 
bioengineering building and an 18,000 square foot 
bioprocessing and biochip research facility, and 
increased funding to support faculty and students. 
Essential state support for the Biochip Research 
Center and other VCU projects is part of an $846 
million bond referendum for higher education 
coming before Virginia voters November 5. VCU's 
share totals $77 million in essential building projects. 

"Building a strong and diverse biosciences 
cluster will help Virginia reach the forefront of loca- 
tions with the trained talent to build our economy 
around the newest technologies. This investment 
will also directly contribute to new discoveries in 
cancer research, orthopedic surgery, medical 



imaging and drug design, just to name a few," says VCU 
President Eugene Trani. 

The $10.5 million is a challenge gift and contingent on 
the School of Engineering Foundation raising another $1 5 
million in the next two years. Foundation President Bill 
Goodwin says, "The Foundation looks forward to working 
hard to meet their challenge and begin the Phase II devel- 
opment of the School. This is 
the phase that will merge the 
basic engineering disciplines 
into the medical sciences and 
create a school well positioned 
for leadership in the 'Life 
Sciences Century.'" 

Contact the School of 
Engineering Foundation at (804) 
827-7030 or Suite 331; 601 W. 
Main Street; P.O. Box 843068; 
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3068. 



materials and technology related to high speed and high 
density interconnect design. PCBs connect Integrated 
Circuits, the "chips," that make up the systems in 
products from cellular phones to aircraft flight control 
systems and electronic toys. 

In summer 2001, the School of Engineering hosted 
the international Biennial University/Government/ 
Industry Microelectronics Symposium, which brought 
engineers and researchers from the United States, 
Singapore and Brazil to exchange ideas about technolo- 
gies and education in nano-fabrication, creating materi- 
als at the microscopic and molecular level. "Cities 
compete to host these sym- 
posiums because they help 
attract high-tech compa- 
nies," Pearson coirmients. 

" Entreprenuerism, " 
says Dean Mattauch, "is 
another fundamental 
underpinning of our engi- 
neering program." 

Dr. Gary Wnek is chair 
of the Chemical 
Engineering Program, 
home of "ChemEngine, 
the first and only imder- 
graduate engineering con- 
sulting group in the 
nation — run by VCU 
students." Juniors and 
seniors run ChemEngine; 
the company's student 




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consultants solve real technical Dr. Keefe Manning 'OIPhD/En and 

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and engmeenng problems for ' ":u"""Hr„,ion^„=aro(„r.L 

o or : are biomedical engineers Torthe 

real companies. ChemEngine's i 2lst century, 
faculty mentor. Dr. Gary 
Huvard, gave some statistics. Since 
its start in summer 1999, "more than 25 students have 
worked on 35 projects for more than two dozen regional 
and national companies. ChemEngine, a nonprofit 
subsidiary of Huvard's consulting firm, HRC Inc., has 
grossed over $200,000, with roughly 85 percent of 
earnings paid to the students." The company was 
recentiy a finalist in the annual Greater Richmond 

Technology Council 



Student Brian Lacey and Dr. Gary Wnek, chair of chemical engineering, 
adjust small glass piping in a lab. 



(GRTC) Awards 
competition. 

Projects finished in 
summer 2002 show the 
kinds of technical chal- 
lenges student engineers 
meet. Junior Chris 
Jameson, ChemEngine's 
VP, spent the summer 
under contiact to 
DuPont's Spmance-based 
Tyvek organization. The 
company hired Jameson 
to work out complex Excel 
spreadsheet applications to 
compute the thermody- 
namic properties of certain 
solvents and mixtures. 

Senior Jason Noel, 



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At VCU, engineers 
are entrepreneurs. 
Dr. Gary Huvard is the 
faculty advisor to 
ChemEngine, tine only 
undergraduate engi- 
neering consulting 
group in the country. 




under contract to chemical giant Rohm and Haas 
Company, Springhouse, Pennsylvania, developed a pre- 
liminary capital and manufacturing cost analysis 
program for chemical companies. "Rohm and Haas is 
especially big in all types of acrylic 
monomers and polymers," Huvard 
explains. "They make huge quantities of 
acrylic emulsions used in dozens of appli- 
cations — paint and coatings, household 
products, detergents, personal care, water 
treatment, adhesives and more. They are 
one of the world's largest producers of 
ion-exchange resins. Until Noel's work, a 
really good preliminary cost estimation 
package for chemical 
plants did not exist." 
Rohm and Haas will 
use the package in 
house, but will also 
allow the students to 
distribute the 
program to other universities for 
chemical engineering design courses. 
Wnek points to ChemEngine as a 
good paradigm for VCU engineering 
education. "Students get invaluable, 
real-world experience, and compa- 
nies get important problems solved 
at a reasonable cost." ChemEngine 

projects, adds Huvard, "give VCU 

graduates a leg up in the job competition. The experience 
VCU students get is exactly what employers are looking 
for in new hires — especially fresh-outs." 

Since its first class in 1996, the School has brought 
Richmond into the 21st century in technology educa- 
tion. Dr. Rosalyn Hobson, assistant professor of electrical 
engineering, won the Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of 
the Year Award from the National Society of Black 

Engineers last year, an ; 

award that emphasizes 
Interactive teaching. 
"Too many students 
drop out of science," 
Hobson says. "They get 
bored when it gets 
tough." Hobson is con- 
vinced that when 
students learn through 
hands-on projects, the 
visible rewards of 
making something that 
works wiU pull them 
past the hard parts. 
Hobson's research areas 
include robotics in 
medicine and elec- 
tronic nose and neural 




Behind Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie is 
a liquid-handling robot, part of the 
Advanced DNA Microarray Facility 
of the Biochips Center, that is used 
in the high throughput analysis of 
DNA. Scientists program the robot 
arm (which holds pipettes) to 
prepare DNA samples (as many as 
30,000) that will be placed on slides. 
Reactions ofthis DNA with DNA 
taken from tissue samples help to 
classify the tissues. 



Dr. Rosalind Hobson, 
2001 Dr. Janice A. 
Lumpkin Educator 
ofthe Year, does 
research in electronic 
nose and neural 
networks. 



networks. Her colleague. Dr. 
Gerald MiUer, professor and 
chair of biomedical engineering, 
last year received the 
Outstanding Educator Award 
from the Bioengineering 
Division of the American Society 
of Engineering Education. 
Hands-on teachers are 
heavily involved in their own 
research. In the field today, says 
Dean Mattauch, "While there is 
plenty to be done in major areas 
such as electrical or biomedical 
engineering, the areas of greatest 
excitement and potential advan- 
tage for humanity generally 
occur where disciplines overlap." 

VCU's Center for 
Bioelectronics, Biosensors and 
Biochips is one point of multiple 
convergence. Center director 
and chemical engineering pro- 
fessor Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Eli 
is working with VCU neurosurgeon Dr. WiUlam 
Broaddus on a project to improve the treatment of brain 
tumors, which strike 17,000 people and kill 13,000 each 
year. This biochip develops a genetic profile of individual 
tumors so that therapies to fight them can be precisely 
targeted. Extracted mRNA from a tissue sample is placed 
on the biochip under a high-tech microscope which 
captures a digital image of the tumor's genetic structure. 
In spring 2002, VCU hosted an international confer- 
ence and workshop on Biochips. The Phase II expansion 
of the School includes a new bioprocessing and biochip 
facility. This field "is a marriage of life and technology," 
Guiseppi-Eli told the Richmond Times-Dispatch; and he 
continues to marvel at the "multitude of possibilities that 

could spring from 
the space 
of a postage 
stamp." 

Perhaps the 
most unusual 
marriage of disci- 
plines links the 
Mechanical 
Engineering 
Program and the 
School of the Arts. 
Research still 
Includes traditional 
projects like design- 
ing a more efficient 
jet engine or 
building structures 
for vehicles and 




SHAFER COURT 12 CONNECTIONS 




Double major Barbara Kruse '02BFA,BS/En works her engineering sl<ills, measuring 
system pressures of an air compressor with Josh Raby. 



robotics. But VCU pushes beyond mainstream thinking 
and teaching. Faculty from mechanical engineering and 
sculpture meet regularly to review cunent activity and 
plan future projects. 

"This activity is actually the brainchild of our 
founding dean, Dr. Henry McGee, who taught us all to 
think outside the box," says mechanical engineering pro- 
fessor Dr. Eric Sandgren. "The concept is for our engi- 
neering students to gain ability in visual perception and 
creative problem solving, while the sculpture students 
gain a better understanding of technology. There are no 
end of products which involve both form and function — 
the automobUe is probably the best example. The new 
Apple Computers have been successful because of their 
unconventional design." 

"This is the first time since the Renaissance that 
artists and engineers use the same tools," continues Joe 
Seipel, associate dean of the School of the Arts and 
former chair of sculpture. With students from both disci- 
plines together in one class, "we critique projects on both 
function and aesthetics, an interesting combination of 
left brain, right brain." Sandgren 
remembers students working on a 
mechanical sculpture that moved 
sluggishly. "They were trying to 
make the drive system more 
powerful, but then other students 
suggested that the struggling 
motion added to the work." A 
potential liability became essential. 

The two programs share equip- 
ment and space, with interdiscipli- 
nary teams of students working in 
both the engineering and art build 
ings. "We've created an environ- 



ment conducive to learning which destroys stereotypes," 
says Stephen Stackpole '94BFA, an experienced kinetic 
artist on the sculpture faculty. Assignments like the 
"sound machine," (in photos) encourage cross-fertiliza- 
tion of concepts and multiple solutions. 

"With the sculpture program ranked in the top five 
nationally, this is an interaction which could really put 
VCU on the map," Sandgren points out. Seipel and 
Sandgren's long-term vision is for 
the program to morph into what 
they'd call the DaVinci Institute — 
basically a playground for engineers 
and artists to interact and "do 
cool stijff." 

In May, Barbara Kruse 
'02BFA,BS/E was the first to 
graduate with a dual degree in 
mechanical engineering and sculp- 
ture. She was admitted to prestigious 
graduate schools like University of 
California at Berkley, Caltech, 
Stanford, Georgia Tech and the 
University of Texas at Austin. With a 
National Science Foundation 
Scholarship grant worth $96,000, 
Kruse chose Berkley, where she will 
study "brand new technology — 
never designed before." 

She is convinced that "no other 
program in the country would have 
allowed me to gain acceptance into 
some of the top universities in the 
country. The partnerships made 
between the engineering school and 
the art school at VCU really made it 
stand out, and I hope to see what 
this partnership leads to in the 
future," says Kruse. 




Engineering and sculpture 
students collaborate on 
projects like Sound Machine. 
A motion sensor activates 
solenoids which move a 
comb laterally through the 
hair, plucking guitar strings 
hidden behind it. The comb 
moves jerkily as if through 
tangles, and guitar strings 
make choppy music. Team: 
Steffi Sverrisdottir and 
Charles McMillian 




The future looks bright for VCU engineers. Partner- 
ships on campus and outside continue to drive this 
teaching, research and production engine. In graduate 
school and industry, VCU engineers can confidentiy take 
a place and join the team. 

Dawn Saunders of PhiUp Morris 
USA says, "We are fortunate to hire 
the young engineer professionals 
into our manufacturing organiza- 
tion. It is a relationship we want to 
continue to foster and grow in our 
futijre." 



Mechanical hands with solenoid activated fingers. 
A series of cams actuate switches to make the 
fingers tap out a preset rhythm. Team: Luke Barrett 
and Devlyn Kornegay 



Pamela Bodkin is a policy and 
planning specialist for the Virginia 
Employment Commission and a 
freelance writer. 



IBIRONKE LAWAL 



FALL 13 2002 




LEN JONES 



BY MARY ELLEN MERCER 



Dr. Henry Hibbs envisioned a university of active learning, 
with the city itself as the classrooms and laboratories — in 
1917. As Hibbs knit together his urban campus in 
Richmond, he bought up the houses around the original 
Shafer and Franklin Sheets intersection. Ginter House. 
The President's House. Millhiser. VCU is now the lucky 
resident and careful custodian of much of a historic district 
along Franklin Sheet. The latest addition is the Bocock 
House at 909 West Franklin Sheet, which VCU bought 
in 2001. 

Before VCU takes fuU possession, there's a musical 
interlude when it becomes the Richmond Symphony 
Designer House for 2002, raising funds for the Symphony 
through October 20. Among those who created rooms for 
the house are alumni Robert Rentz '77BFA, David Ballas 
'85BFA, Chris McCray '93BFA, Lara KopUn '92BFA, and 
a team of VCU interior design students. Elena Epstein 
'02BFA made drawings of all the rooms for a publicity 
booklet. 

Many alumni have already called the gracious white 
mansion home. In 1963, RPI leased it for a women's dor- 
mitory. The Bococks had made an apartment for them- 
selves at the back of the house, and Elisabeth Scott Bocock 



i<4)S«S-*l 




lived there untU her death in 1985. 
Later, VCU leased the first and third 
floors for offices, while the second floor 
was apartments — often occupied still 
by VCU students and alumni. 

Sandra Jett Ball '66BFA lived in 
"909 West Franklin" for three years 
and was house president in 1964. A 
dozen girls lived there in 1963-64, 
three giris to a room. When the third 
floor opened in fall 1964, there were 
22 girls in the house. There was no 
dorm mother, just an upper class girl 
in charge. 

nany mansions. . . 

"We all had a good laugh over our 
waterclosets and loved our big 
bathtubs. My roommate Mary-Anne 
Sturgls KeUam '70BS/B slept in one 
once, maybe to cool off. Showers were 
tedious with the wraparound shower 
curtains and bleak water flow." But 
"awesome" closets made up for that. And amenities like 
"French wallpaper with swirling red and blue plumes" — 
and the gardens. "We purposely cut through the gardens 
to class, simply because they were so beautiful." 

There were the usual scrapes and amusements. 
Skateboarding — "that would be me, but never in the 
dorm," she insists. "Sometimes Mrs. Bocock's cook Pauline 
would invite us into the kitchen for snacks." Sandy, Mary 
Ann, and their roommate Jane Winters Wise made the 
mistake of sunbathing on a porch facing Ginter House — 
and Dean Jane Cladding's office. Sunbathing was banned, 
although Dean Gladding reconsidered and later rescinded 
the ban. 

Once one of the girls gave an old-time formal tea 
party on the front porch. "I was campused (grounded), 
again. But I'd been out to work, so I dawdled along and 
stopped for the tea party, until one of the housemothers 
saw me and shooed me inside." So she attended the rest 
of the party "leaning over the front balcony, talking to 
the girls below." 

"1 would have loved to have more contact with Mrs. 
Bocock," Ball regrets, "but she kept to herself when she 
was in town, although she was always pleasant when we 
saw her." There was at least one instance when she inter- 
vened. 

"In '64 a group of girls created the Cotillion Club, a 
service club. We sponsored a dorm decoration contest 
for the Winter Dionysus Dance." They rigged up a giant 
figure of Bacchus hanging from the front balcony reach- 
ing for balloon grapes; his buddy was sitting in a window. 
At the time the students shared the house during the day 
with a Senior Center. The seniors were affronted and made 
the girls dismantie their decoration. "When Mrs. Bocock 
found out, she was furious. She had the figures put up 
again and gave each of the decorators a copy of Edith 
Hamilton's Mythology." (They won the contest, too.) 

When Cheryl Claiborne 77BFA started at VCU, her 
parents told her she could decide where she wanted to 



SHAFER COURT 14 CONNECTIONS 



live. To her, co-ed Rhoads Hall looked like the ideal resi- 
dence. Her parents did a fast back-pedal. "Fine! You're 
moving to the Bocock House — all girls!" they announced. 
The freshman soon agreed with their choice. "They were 
right about where I needed to be. It was all about people." 

The Bocock House never stopped being a family home 
to people who lived there. "Relationships were very 
strong," Cheryl says, "because it was so small. All three 
floors were multi-class years, so it was a great introduction 
to upperclassmen." The life of the house rushed through 
it. The eight on the third floor climbed out the windows to 
sunbathe on the roof under the trees. "In the back lived 
Matthew, an aspiring opera singer, who would carol when 
desire or need struck." 

Even Elisabeth Scott Bocock befriended her. "She was 
impressive. Tall, erect, elegant and sophisticated, even in 
her mid-seventies." As they shared the pleasures of Mrs. 
Bocock's garden, their acquaintance grew. "She was very 
eccentric and amusing — but I was aware of the steel 
inside." They became friends. Mrs. Bocock, a Symphony 
founder, took Cheryl to "my first classical music perfor- 
mance with her — a Richmond Symphony concert." 

During his "Bocock years," 1989-92, Jeff Legg '89BS 
'02PhD/AH was a radiology technician at MCV Hospitals 
while earning a master's degree at the University of 
Richmond. Home pleasures were a welcome respite. The 
Bococks had left family furniture and paintings. Jeff slept 
in an iron four-poster bed and kept his studentware in a 
beveled glass china cabinet. "The little front balcony gave 
me an eye on the world. I loved the glory of the soft light 
in wall sconces in the evening. How neat to live in a 
mansion like that right out of college!" 

And he knew 



Ganett Hardy, who had 
worked for the family 
for generations and 
arrived several times a 
week to cook up his 
famous chicken hash in 
the cool basement 
kitchen, his space. "I 
would help him walk 
up the drive. He'd tell 
stories and point out 
the painted flamingos 
and donkey carts on the 
walls under the back 
stairs. Talking with him 
brought life to the expe- 
rience, that this was a 
family house." 

"Studio Apt. 
$175/mo. No Students" 
had been posted just minutes before at off-campus 
housing. Jim Currence '92BS/H&S has a sharp eye for a 
deal— and terrific determination. "I looked at it right away. 
They didn't want students, but I just pleaded with them. I 
offered to provide references, I even told them I'd pay a 
year in advance before they finally accepted me." A 
bargain on both sides. Jim remained a resident for 10 years 
("the longest I've ever lived anywhere") and became the 
live-in superintendent. 




Jim Currence '92BS/H&S and grad 
student Ingrid Mercer with canoeing 
alumni Snowden Scott '99BFA and 
Berta Bocock II 'OOBS/En. 




Cool<outs b^ihe Carriage House 
became a VGUlradition. J ' 
Venable and^W*^hf ^'^' 
tend the; fire. ~-^^^i! ; 




As people 
moved out, apart- 
ments were 
passed along to 
friends. And Jim 
was an energetic 
social director as 
well as super. 
He instigated 
backyard barbe- 
cues, Halloween 
parties, the annual thieves 
Christmas party where people 
fought over gifts like a singing 
bass, dreadful ancient LPs and 
The Scarf No One Wanted. "We 
were a little community of pals 
all in paradise, with that great 
garden, and all the University 
practically in our front yard!" 

William Buckley Charlton 
'93MT/E lived in the Carriage 
House with its tower, behind 
the main house. Jim remembers 
"the day Buck drove up on a 
motorcycle with a fishing rod 
on his back." Buck collected 
motorcycles, it turned out, and 
he convinced everyone else to get bikes, too. "We even 
had t-shirts printed that said, 'Bocock Bad Daddies.'" 

"It was an oasis," says Maja Anzulovic '98BFA, who 
lived there in 1999-2000. "The beauty of the architecture 
and the yard with its huge magnolias and Japanese maple. 
At our cookouts, it was like being in the country. Buck 
brought bushels of oysters. There was a great sense of 
friendship, communal living in a way. There was always 
someone to help you out." 

The house is out of the woods now, opened to the 
light, with parking on the west. A few great "specimen" 
trees still stand amid new landscaping to include a 
fountain. Alumni can revisit home and history, their own 
and Richmond's. Take the Grand Tour and support the 
Richmond Symphony. Designer House, sponsored by the 
Richmond Syinphony Orchestra 
League: until October 20, Mon-Fri 
10-3, Sat. 10-5, Sun 12-5. 
Tickets: $12 in advance or groups 
of 10+; $15 at the door. (No 
children under 8, or infants.) Call 
(804) 421-3550. 

Mary Ellen Mercer is Shafer 
Court Connections editor. 
Background and interviews by 
Deanna Brhihnan, a 
Richmond Symphony 
Orchestra League volunteer 
and publicity chair for the 
Designer House. 



FALL 15 2002 





BY KEVIN FINUCAIME '95 B A '99 M A / H & S 

"I never thought it would be the 
computer that would bring my 
classes the active discussions 1 
wanted," says VCU English profes- 
sor, Dr. Ann Woodlief. The 
computer lab in Hibbs 329 pulses as 
hard drives turn and fans cool CPUs. 
The course is Nature Writing. And 
while there are only a few students 
visibly typing away in the lab, all 25 
students are present, at least online. 
Today, the subject is the human 
place in evolution. Behind the safety 
of their own screens, students discuss 
the ideas of Stephen Gould, Loren 
Eiseley and Lewis Thomas. 

Like the minds that enter them, 
classrooms and teaching methods 
are changing. Teachers are finding 
that a thorough knowledge of their 




Dr. Ann Wvodlief 



discipline and a tried teaching style 
are not always enough. Classroom 
9.1 is here, displacing the now dusty 
rows of chairs, crumpled paper and 
stacks of ink-stained textbooks piled 
neglected in closets. Administrators 
see the lucrative opportunities of 
providing distance learning courses 
to students in other cities, or even in 
other countries. Technology in the 
classroom can prepare students for a 
high-tech workplace. 

A generation of teachers and 
students have forgotten the smell of 
chalk, and many professors at VCU 
are turning toward web-based 
programs like the virtual Blackboard 
or Web Course in a Box (developed 
at VCU and later sold to Blackboard), 
to do more with their students. 

Woodlief uses Blackboard, one of 
the most popular modes of course 
communication in higher education. 
Some professors use Blackboard only 
to post syllabi, homework assign- 
ments and additional readings, 
grades. More often at VCU, teachers 
use the software to create a library of 
course materials for students — in 
audio and video as well as print; and 
provide links to web-based databases, 
research sites and other dynamic 
content. Some run their entire class 
through the program. Students can 
discuss topics, turn in assignments, 
take tests and check grades — ^without 
ever seeing the teacher or their 
classmates. 

Teachers can hold class in a 
virtual classroom at a scheduled time 
(synchronous, like Woodlief's 



course), or students can logon, say, 
"anytime before 10:00 a.m. 
Wednesday" (asynchronous discus- 
sion) to comment on the topic and 
other students' remarks. On 
Blackboard "Discussion Boards" at 
VCU, students are discussing ante- 
bellum plantation economies, 
genetics, or a poem by Walt 
Whitman in smaller groups outside 
of class, while teachers monitor their 
students' participation. 

VCU's new wireless network 
makes net access even easier. With a 
dozen transmitters (range, 150 feet; 
10 users at a time) in Shafer Court 
and two libraries, and more coming, 
VCU students and faculty can sit 
outside with laptops and link up 
unplugged. 

Perhaps it's quicker. Perhaps it 
makes sense to teach in a medium 
that has already has students' atten- 
tion. "These are kids that often pay 
more attention to screens than to 
people," Woodlief comments. 

Yet what is sacrificed between 
the illuminated screen and the 
inquisitive mind? 

Virtual Classroom, 
Actual Learning? 

"You have to find what you want 
to do pedagogically and then see if 
technology can help you as a 
teaching tool," says Woodlief. 

Woodlief has spent the past 
seven years of her 30-year teaching 
career using the computer lab to 
offer students distance learning 
options and more literary resources. 



SHAFER COURT 16 CONNECTIONS 




9.1 




At the Thin'i Center fur Life Sciences, Dr. Thomas HuffL alls the five imv "smart rooms " with stadium seating and state-of-tlie-art multimedia 
capabilities a "pedagogical Utopia." 



Despite the generally held con- 
tention that technology discourages 
student interaction, Woodlief struc- 
tures class so that her students have 
to be there, and they have to "type 
up." 

Class members log on synchro- 
nously, and Woodlief starts the dis- 
cussion with a question, a topic or 
another objective. Students puU 
passages from the work they are dis- 
cussing, respond to each other's 
comments, and help steer the discus- 
sion. "I feel myself receding more 



and more as they take over. I'm less 
the pontificator lecturing and more 
of a guide," Woodlief says. "It always 
amazes me how they build upon 
each others ideas and find things in 
the readings that I didn't even know 
were there." 

In a traditional classroom, face- 
to-face discussions can be dominated 
by a few unabashed students. Safely 
screened, "Students are more willing 
to discuss works online than in 
person. And since students can learn 
how to read better by seeing how 



others read, there's an immense 
improvement in interpretation 
skills." 

Writing instmctor Alexina Fagan 
concurs. The complex "threads" of 
student response are "especially sur- 
prising and exciting for students who 
had no idea they could play off the 
corrmients of one another in such 
interesting ways." 

But how does online discussion 
compare with traditional lecture- 
based teaching when it comes to 
learning critical thinking? "If you 



FALL 17 2002 



have to put your ideas into words 
and have other readers contest them, 
you are going to have to think criti- 
cally," Woodlief responds. "It is 
easier for students to come in and 
listen to a lecture and be tested on it. 
I think at least three-quarters of my 
students think harder and learn 
more than they would in an 
ordinary classroom." She admits that 
personally, "I do miss that face-to 
face contact and bringing your 
students down your own interprehve 
path of a work; but most students 
don't learn best that way." 

Not everyone benefits from the 
new environment, particularly older, 
"low-tech," returning students. "It's 
important," Woodlief adds, "to be 
present in the 
classroom during 
my online 
session, to be 
prepared for 
more traditional 
discussion for 
students actually 
there who 
need that." 

In the School 
of Education, Dr. 
Judy Richardson 
teaches reading 
and learning strategies to teachers in 
various subject areas, partly online. 
Like Woodlief, she prizes the interac- 
tive push she incorporates in the 
online course. "Before, I tliink 
students just came to class and abdi- 
cated responsibility to me to 'stuff 
the content' in them. Now they see 
better the impact of study skills and 
interaction. This is especially impor- 
tant for people who are teachers 
themselves." 

The practical advantages are 
appealing. Centralizing course mate- 
rials online means Richardson can 
update her course and add new 
content no matter where she 
happens to be. "While I was in 
Russia working with teachers there, I 
could go into my website at VCU, 
logon for office hours, post class 
materials, and read responses. I took 
my spring break this spring to go 
visit my sister's new tv«ns, a nephew 




Dr. Judy Richardson 



and a niece, in Lx)ndon, and I could 
teach the course from there." 

It's hue that "monitoring student 
performance is a must for a fully 
online course." In self-paced courses 
where students do not meet synchro- 
nously, "some students think they 
can just catch up later," says 
Richardson, since class sessions are 
always available online in the Power 
Point presentations and taped 
lectures. "Not that students don't fall 
behind in a traditional classroom," 
Richardson laughs mefuUy. "But 
when they are physically there, it's a 
little easier to pin them down and 
ask for the work." 

There's a specific plus in teaching 
teachers online. Beyond the course 
content, they are using and learning 
the web-based skills Virginia requires 
for 4- 12th grade teachers. "My older 
students, veteran classroom teachers 
coming back for recertification or a 
master's degree, tell me they feel 
much more confident using the 
computer and the web by the end 
of the course." 

Richardson knows she has 
understood more and learned more 
herself. "Teaching online, and 
tapping into the many resources 
available on the web, has made me 
a better teacher. In some ways, the 
technology has 'forced' me to be 
very clear in my own objectives and 
intent. I've realized how to incorpo- 
rate the same online activities into 
my face-to-face class discussions 
so that students rely less on me 
and learn more, actively, from 
each other." 

Biologist Dr. BiU Gutzke '75BS 
'77MS/HSiS is an award-winning 
teacher at the University of 
Memphis. "Although knowledge of 
new technologies 
is essential for 
those entering the 
job market in dis- 
ciplines like 
biology, technolo- 
gy itself is not 
enough to make 
us better 
teachers," he 
cautions. 




Dr. Bill Gutzke 
'75BS '77MS/H&S 




Dr. him Nelson 

"Technological innovations have 
made us more effective at our jobs 
from a research aspect. Certainly, we 
can now conduct research and ask 
questions that were very difficult or 
impossible just a few years ago, but 
are we better scientists than those of 
the past? That I doubt. Has it resulted 
in more knowledgeable students? 
From a technology aspect — of 
course," Gutzke says. 

"Effective teachers can be effective 
with just a piece of chalk, whereas 
poor teachers may still be poor even 
with the latest technology," says 
Gutzke. "Technological advances are 
merely tools, and tools, in and of 
themselves, are effective only in the 
hands of an expert tool user. Nothing 
replaces that neuronal tool we term 
an inquisitive mind." 

For VCU sociologist Dr. Lynn 
Nelson, reaching those other 
inquisitive minds can be daunting. 
Whether he is sending his interna- 
tionally-focused Intioduction to 
Sociology all the way to Qatar in the 
Persian Gulf, or teaching the same 
online class at VCU, Nelson's survey 
course load would be impossible 
without web-based resources. His 
spring and fall sections each had a 
roster of around 300 students, with 
one graduate teaching assistant to 
every 100 students to handle grading. 

From long experience. Nelson has 
realized that a combination of virtual 
and actual classroom time allows for 
the best of both worlds. "My live 
lectures are dress rehearsals for what I 
offer online. There, students assimi- 
late what you really want them to 
know, not just what you can think of 
at the moment." Like Richardson 
(who says "Lynn Nelson is my 



SHAFER COURT 18 CONNECTIONS 



technology guru"), Nelson has 
created online discussion groups of 
15 students each within his larger 
classes. The groups are named for 
major world cities. Students are 
required to post their essays, respond 
to their peers, and address the discus- 
sion questions with others in 
Madrid, Beijing or Stockholm. "You 
have a much fuller discussion, with 
everyone participating. You can't do 
that in classroom of 35 people," 
Nelson says. 

He is working, in part, from the 
data. In summer 2000, Dr. Gary 
Sarkozi, VCU's acting director of con- 
tinuing education, did a study com- 
paring student learning in the tradi- 
tional and online versions of 
Nelson's Intro to Sociology. (For 
student comments from that study, 
see The Chat Room, page 23.) 

Sarkozi concluded that students 
in different class modes interpret the 
role of the instructor very differently. 
"Students in the traditional class dis- 
cussed the importance of the instruc- 
tor and the class interaction playing 
an important role in their learning. 
Students online interacted with the 
instructor only to solve technical 
problems and accepted the material 
as presented. They did not ask for 
any clarification of material nor did 
they engage in any type of dialogue 
about the subject matter with the 
instructor or with each other." In 
other words, they didn't think 
outside the box on the screen. 

Considering Sarkozi's study, as 
well as the floundering web-based 
essays from students in early online 
courses. Nelson developed much 
more structured questions, planned 
the discussion groups, and built in 
the required response to a classmate. 

Although, Nelson himself much 
prefers his face time with students, 
he says that "both in-person and 
online courses can work well — there 
are plusses and minuses with both 
formats. "Without seeing facial 
expressions and body language 
in general, you miss a lot of the 
context." Richardson agrees, 
"Body language is 80 percent of 
communication. " 




Dr. David Croteau 



Nelson contin- 
ues, "In person is 
extremely 
valuable. You can 
follow thought 
processes as they 
happen. There's 
spontaneity, a 
chance for unex- 
pected ideas to 
emerge. Live inter- 
action helps me refine my own 
thinking." His schedule includes 
some hybrid classes and some 
entirely online — especially when the 
students are in Qatar. 

Dr. David Croteau is also in the 
Department of Sociology and 
Anthropology. For him, "The biggest 
difference technology has made is 
giving easier access to information 
students and faculty now have via 
the Internet. It has exacerbated old 
problems (sorting out reliable from 
junk sources, making plagiarism 
much easier and more tempting) and 
created some new ones (information 
overload; increased reliance on quick 
and easy sources rather than more 
detailed and demanding ones, such 
as books)." 

Overall, "I think technology can 
be a plus." Yet Croteau is skeptical 
about the ways that university 
administrations use technology to 
cut costs and make up for some basic 
pedagogical problems. "Giant lecture 
halls can never really be justified on 
pedagogical grounds, but they are 
economically efficient for universi- 
ties and thus ubiquitous. The same is 
true for some of the 'technological 
advances' being proposed." 

Croteau insists, "Technology is 
no substitute for a traditional model 
of a liberal arts education based on 
reading and contemplation, discus- 
sion and debate, and oral and 
written communication of ideas. If 
we really want to improve education, 
we should first, make classes smaller, 
and secondly, hold them in a 
physical environment that encour- 
ages face-to-face collaboration 
among students." 



Cost-Benefit Analysis 

Despite what some critics think, 
virtual does not save time and effort. 
Incorporating this technology in the 
classroom takes more time, a lot 
more," says Nelson, not only in 
setup, but revising, adding informa- 
tion, checking student responses, 
answering email. And he's no tech 
buff. "I'm certainly not using this as 
a pastime; I do it because I think it is 
effective." Woodlief agrees. "I don't 
use newer technology for conve- 
nience' sake," she insists. "I use it as 
an effective learning tool." 

Time costs up front are a major 
reason why many teachers are at first 
reluctant to embrace technology says 
Dr. Doug Kaufman '96MS/H&S, 
former director of product develop- 
ment for Blackboard. His research 
and consulting company, Kaufman 
Research & Consulting Group, helps 
schools and school systems find and 
choose the tedmologies that will be 
most helpful to their students and 
teachers. 

"Many teachers become frustrat- 
ed and quit because they believe it 
ought to save them time from the 
get-go. Although the upfront time 
investment may be higher than 
anticipated, the ultimate payoff is 
much larger," Kaufman argues. 
Courses are better organized, and 
course materials and other resources 
are readUy available. 

At VCU, faculty members don't 
have to make their own map of the 
Internet highway. The Instmctional 
Development Center holds work- 
shops where webmasters like Nelson 
and Woodlief show technological 




Dr. Doug Kaufman '96MS/H&S 



FALL 19 2002 



neophytes some fairly quick and 
basic ways to add this dimension to 
their courses. The Center also offers 
grants toward hardware, software 
and instruction for faculty designing 
an online course. 

With this kind of support, 
Kaufman comments, "More teachers 
are finding that online learning is 
useful for more than just distance 
learning. It used to be that we wrote 
on the chalkboard and then the 
overhead projector. Now we put 
learning online. The computer 
doesn't replace the instructor," says 
Kaufman. "It's another tool in the 
instructor's kit." 

In fact, Kaufman sees recent 
technological advances as both 
revolutionary and evolutionary. 
"There have been a few monumental 
movements in education," says 
Kaufman. "First, there was the 
revelation of the book — perhaps 
the first type of distance learning. 
The second is the campus, and the 
third is educational technology. Yet 
today, there are professors who 
refuse to use even email." 

Still, does the latest revolution 
come at a cost? Do online learning 
and technology have a detrimental 
effect on students' critical thinking 
skills? If information is readily avail- 
able, will students spend less time 
investigating and creating their 
own theories? 

"You don't lose critical thinking 
with technology," Kaufman says. 
"Consider libraries. Did scholars 
think that creating libraries would 
stop students from thinking critically 
because they held so many of life's 
answers right within their walls? 
Technology may make it easier to 
cheat and steal information, but it 
also makes that easier to detect." As 
quickly as a student can download 
an essay to turn in, a teacher can tap 
the topic into Google and find it 
again. Kaufman would say we're just 
working out the bugs. "We are suffer- 
ing now from the newness of the 
technology. Educational technology 
is in its infancy." 

Kaufman agrees with Croteau on 
the importance of human interac- 



tion. "During college, trust is impor- 
tant for students. There should 
always be an opportunity to build it, 
and in some ways, face-to-face inter- 
action builds it the best." 

Still, applied correctly, Kaufman 
says, technology in the classroom 
"can really benefit the relationship 
between the students and the 
teacher by offering more avenues to 
communicate." As Woodlief asserts, 
the medium also allows more 
student-to-student exchange, also 
cmcial to the learning process. 

Kaufman says, "While technolo- 
gy shouldn't replace the tiaditional 
campus, it's an effective tool. We 
have a lot of opportunity to get 
students interested in what they are 
doing. Unfortunately, we walk the 
line of education and entertainment 
all the time, and students pay closer 
attention to what they think is cool 
technology. 

"cool technologies" 

If you're searching for cool technolo- 
gies, VCU's new Trani Center for Life 
Sciences, is the site. Students learn 
in computer-equipped classroom- 
labs. Large lecture halls boast the 
latest in multi-media technology 
and Internet cormectivity. VCU 
has ultia-speed links with Internet 2, 
the international network for 
science research. 

The Bioinformatics Computa- 
tional Core Laboratory suite is the 
"most advanced classroom in 
Virginia," explains Dr. Thomas Huff, 
vice provost for life sciences. 
Equipped with a lightening-fast 
Internet connection and sophisticat- 
ed computer hardware, the suite 
offers everything from individual 
online instmction to two-way video 
conferencing, connecting VCU Life 
Sciences with educators and scien- 
tists from across the state and 
beyond. With its partners in the 
Virginia Bioinformatics Consortium 
(including GMU, UVA and Virginia 
Tech), the videoconferencing center 
brings students into interactive dis- 
cussion with lecturers on key issues 
like ethics in cloning, bio-terrorism, 
or genetically modified food. 



"Each lab has a TV, a VCR, and at 
least two and often many more com- 
puters for analysis," explains former 
GTA Kate Jensen. In Dr. Bonnie 
Brown's classes in ecological 
genetics, students use genetic tools to 
look at differences in fish species. 
They can see that genetic diversity is 
too low in some endangered species, 
or look at genetic aspects of oyster 
diseases, for example. Bio majors are 
required to take a 300-level class in 
techniques. Computers allow under- 
graduates to work with bigger data 
sets, sooner." Students can access sta- 
tistics, manage data, and develop 
charts and graphs to illustrate and 
solve a problem assigned to them. 

Multimedia lecture halls work 
very well for entomologist Dr. Karen 
Kester's survey-sized Biology 152. 
"I found Power Point to be a great 
way to teach because freshman tend 
to be very visual." Kester combines 
a formal lecture with a multimedia 
presentation. Sound clips range 
from the Beades to birds whistling 
("Blackbirds"?). "I tiy a multiple- 
sensory approach to teaching. It's 
entertaining for sleepy freshman at 
8:00 am; but there's another reason. 
Sound clips, such as the song of a 
humpback whale, can help students 
make associations and remember 
names in lectures on animal 
diversity." 

"I have received a lot of compli- 
ments from students, even on tough 
subjects like animal diversity, since I 
began using Power Point two years 
ago," says Kester. 

Kester also uses Blackboard to 
post links to current news articles on 
class topics. A list of links opens her 
class to research and tools at sites like 
the University of Arizona and the 
"Tree of Life" project, where students 
can look up the evolutionary rela- 
tionships of animals. 

Power Point presentations are 
popular campus wide. The slide 
outline-image format almost forces 
organization on a teacher, which 
helps students. 

History professor Dr. Philip 
Schwarz posts his course materials 
on Blackboard. But he uses Power 
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SHAFER COURT 20 CONNECTIONS 



image and sound to give his under- 
graduate students another way of 
thinldng about American history. 
The presentations also help his 
students stay focused during class — 
in a survey class of 125 students, 
that's a feat in itself. 

Schwarz makes the point that the 
teacher, not the tech, drives the 
course. "Technology is not the silver 
bullet. It doesn't make me more 
effective, I use it to try to be more 
effective. It's important not to let the 
tool change the learning." 

Sociologist Croteau suggests that 
VCRs made the big classroom revolu- 
tion. "For the first time sound and 
moving pictures were in the teacher's 
toolkit. Video is very useful for com- 
municating some topics — allowing 
students to see and hear people and 
places, not just read about them. I'm 
not convinced that newer tools like 
PowerPoint are nearly as significant." 

dancing at the edge 

New technologies not only bridge 
generation gaps, but help faculty 
cross boundaries between disciplines. 
At VCU, technology links faculty on 
the two campuses and beyond, in a 
kind of distance teaching. 
Fortified with a Faculty 
Mentoring Grant from the 
Instructional Development Center, 
dance instructor Judy Steel teamed 
up last year with Dr. Lisa Shoaf from 
the Department of Physical Therapy 
at the MCV Campus. They created 
an online course. Anatomy for the 




Students aoss borders virtually and actually to 
celebrate St Petersburg's 300 years. 



Dancer. A trained dancer herself, 
Shoaf says the collaboration was a 
natural. "Judy and 1 worked closely 
to integrate dance principles with 
anatomy from the very beginning of 
the course." 

Most courses in anatomy and 
kinesiology are geared towards 
science majors and don't apply 
directly to dance, Shoaf explains. "A 
major thing we had to think about 
was how to teach its applications at 
an appropriate level. "Because 
dancers tend to be more visually- 
oriented than science students, we 
wanted to use as much video, 
pictures and graphics as possible to 
make the content more life-like." 
When they teach the course again. 
Steel wants to add discussion boards 
and study groups for more student 
interaction. 

She also found that "working 
with someone from the MCV 
Campus has been an eye-opening 
experience." (And impossible 
without the technology.) "You really 
reap the benefits twofold because the 
students are given access to a wider 
area of information." 

Their Faculty Mentoring Grant 
was invaluable. Shoaf admits, "Judy 
and I were never computer gurus. 
We knew nothing about putting a 
course together in a web-based envi- 
ronment. We learned everything, 
from connecting to the server to 
using Front Page and Blackboard. 
Now we tell people not to hesitate 
about going into these projects. The 
Instructional Development Center 
was really helpful, and the outcome 
was what we had hoped for." 

Such a media success leads to — 
what else? — a sequel. Together 
again. Dance and Physical Therapy 
Departments are collaborating on 
Dance Science. 

Blackboard and other web-based 
technology supports team teaching 
across other borders as well. History 
professor Dr. George Munro and 
Dr. Gina Kovarsky from the Foreign 
Languages and International Studies 
Department are teaching "300 Years: 
History and Culture of St. Peters- 
burg" in spring 2002 and 2003. 




Aiiiitoiiiy for Dancers: The concept of core 
support from the tniuk for the extremities is a 
ke}' anatomical principle for dancers. 

While they teach mainly in the class- 
room, they use Blackboard to post 
course materials, maps, sites of the 
city, and readings; and as a portal to 
web resources based in Russia. Both 
summers Kovarsky takes students 
across literal borders to Russia — 
next summer for the tri-centennial 
celebration in St. Petersburg. 

Technology in itself won't tians- 
form classes from dull to dynamic. In 
person and online, students and pro- 
fessors create their environment 
together. Professors like Woodlief 
and Nelson have seen — and seen to 
it — that students in cyberspace don't 
stop "talking" and arguing and col- 
laborating. New technologies are 
great tools for students whose right- 
brain learning style accommodates 
Nintendo and MTV better than 
academic lecture-and-print. Different 
ways of seeing push the print-bound 
learner toward active and more 
complex understanding. 

Nelson speaks for many of 
his colleagues. "I see a lot of 
educational value in this medium. 
I'm always trying to find new ways 
to exploit it." 

Kevin Finucane is a freelance 
writer, photographer and writing 
instructor. On weekends, he jumps 
out of airplanes. 



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BY JEAN HUETS 



Students have long shown 
that different learning styles 
demand more than the 
^^talking head" approach 
to teaching. An aspect of 
hard-wired education at VCU 
is the Technologically 
Enhanced Classroom. TECs 
scattered across campus, 
are electrifying learning in dis- 
ciplines from life sciences to 
international business. Media- 
rich rooms bristle with TV 
monitors and computer 
screens to load with special- 
ized software, videos and CD- 
roms, and link students to the 
net's infinite resources. 




How to Be Your Own Therapist 

Dr. Donelson Forsyth developed the PsylOl TEC to individualize large lecture 
classes and give students more opportunity for critical thinking, interactive 
experiences and self-paced learning. About 1400 students use the TEC every 
year; Psy 101 students must use the TEC at least once a week. Psychology 
students can be therapist, client, researcher — all 
in the safety of a virtual environment. 

Forsyth explains, "Psy 101 TEC isn't a 
physical place; it's a collection of technologically 
based tools that students use to learn about psy- 
chology. The classroom is not located just in a 
room, but also on the Internet, on the World 
Wide Web, and just about any place students 
can find a computer." 

TEC students can play client to software 
"therapist" ELIZA, the first program to incorpo- 
rate natural language conversation with a 
computer. ELIZA illustrates the talking therapy 
developed by Carl Rogers, a client-centered, reflec- 
tive, nondirective approach. The client leads the conversation, making state- 
ments and telling his story. ELIZA facilitates the flow by patterning responses 
on key words in the "client's" input. After talking with ELIZA, the student 
can again switch roles and act as his or her own psychotherapist: 

1 had another argument with my wife. 

ELIZA: Tell me more about your wife. 

All she cares about is her career. 

ELIZA: Keep going — I'm listening. 

It makes me angry. 

ELIZA: Do you think it's normal to feel that way? 

No. 

ELIZA: Don't hold back. I think we're making progress. 

Another application, part of the PsychSimulator's collection of exercises, 
gives information about a virtual client already in psychiatric care. The 
student gets the client's name, results of psychiatric tests, background 
characteristics, and a transcript of the interview given on admission to 
counseling. The student seeks further information on the client, provides 
a diagnosis, and suggests treatment. 

Animal rights advocates would appreciate the virtual rat which students 
can train, in classic psychological form, to run a maze and press a bar to earn 
rewards. In other classical psychological experiments, students can play 
subject, then researcher. 

Through the TEC, students make more connections with each other than 
they can in a class of 300. "TEC gives students the opportunity to express 
their own viewpoints, often through such written assignments as an analysis 
of their dreams and a behavioral modification project," Forsyth says. 

"The department surveys students yearly, and the overall student 
response to the lab is positive," Forsyth reports. "Some people really prefer 
the individualized computer-based learning. Some prefer sitting anony- 
mously in a large lecture hall. Some are petrified by the tech learning." At 
any rate, with more choices of learning modes, students should feel less like 
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Writers' Block 

The English Department's Computer Center in Hibbs 331 and 340, with the 
Writing Center in Hibbs 330, supports the lower division writing program 
and more. "We serve students throughout the University," says Dr. Patricia 
Perry, director of composition and rhetoric. Composition teachers regularly 
send their English 101 and 200 students to the Center and hold class there, 
but the Writing Center is open to any student who needs some direction 
with a history or biology paper. 

The computer has revolutionized the way writing is taught. Basic word 
processing has made revision much easier; editing programs mean teachers 
can type in questions, sugges- 
tions, comment. The technolo- 
gy has developed along with a 
teaching focus on the writing 
process as it happens. 

Lower level writing courses 
are organized around student 
"portfolios," of early drafts and 
revisions of their papers 
throughout the semester. 
Instructors evaluate and direct 
the writing in process. In 
Blackboard, says writing 
teacher Alexina Pagan, "I can 
do a quick read and comment 
at any time a student needs my ; 
input." Students use i 

Blackboard's drop box to drop **"■ 

a paper and email the teacher to read the draft. "I use Microsoft to track 
changes in green or blue so students can immediately see my comments 
when they open a document I return. Students get help when they are 
working on papers, not days later." 

In Blackboard's electronic writing workshop, students can email drafts 
back and forth to their group members for comments— saving the cost and 
tedium of copying. 

Like Pagan, many writing teachers hold class in the Computer Center, 
with students revising and commenting on drafts individually and in groups. 
A student who's still asking, "Just tell me what you want," can get more 
feedback and explanations from GTA tutors at the Writing Center next door. 
Peny explains, "The tutor gets students to think about what they're hying to 
do. They keep the weight of decisions on the students, so the tutor is not 
editing or doing the work for them." Tutors email brief feedback on the 
sessions to ENGL 101 and ENGL 200 instructors. 

The Writing Center handles about 1,500 visits a semester, and still, "we 
sometimes have students lined up and down the hall waiting," Perry says. 

VCU's English Departoient has a new technical resource open to the 
public since May 1. Blackbird is an online journal of literature and the arts co- 
sponsored by New Virginia Review, Inc. Streaming audio and video comple- 
ment contemporary literature by internationally known writers, as well as 
interviews and essays. The first issue includes a streaming media play for four 
voices by New York playwright Romulus Linney, performed by Richmond 
actors. The site has links to other arts and literary venues. http://www.black- 
bird.vcu.edu 

FALL 23 2002 



The Chat Room 

online discussion, yes and no: 

English major Natasha Siva '02BA/H&S 

"More people participate in online discussions 
than in an actual classroom because the 
program tracks participation, which is part of the 
grade. We also understand ideas from the pro- 
fessor and other students better when we can 
reread comments." 

*Onllne student, Lynn Nelson's Intro to Sociology 
"Sometimes there's certain people that kind of 
dominate the class and they ask questions and 
get reallytedious after a while.... I'm one of 
those people that like to sit there and just have 
the lecture and I do not like all the side conversa- 
tions and everything." 

not up-close, yet personal 

Natasha Siva 

"Students who don't come to class miss some of 
Dr. Woodlief's comments and miss that personal 
interaction with her." 

Patrice Lee, sophomore psychology major 
"\ use email when I have a question for one of my 
professors or want to setup a meeting. Some 
classes are so big, professors don't have time to 
answer all your questions in class." 

Lauren Yancy, sophomore Mass Comm major 
"I like talking to my professors. It feels more 
personal. But I still email them when I have a 
dumb question that I should already know the 
answer to." 

more Information? 

Patrice Lee, sophomore psychology major 
"For my human sexuality class, you get a certain 
link and pull all your information from there for 
your paper. For another paper I had to use at 
least five Internet resources." 

Jonathan Heekin,'02BS/H&S senior 
biology major 

"The greatest learning is still papers — you hit 
the library. Online pieces are not something you 
can cite." 

lecture online: 

*Online student, Lynn Nelson's Intro to Sociology 
"I could get more out of the lectures [audio files 
online] with no distractions around." 

Freshman chemistry major, Biruh Kegegue 
from Ethiopia 

"You can even read lecture notes online before 
class. You don't have to take notes and listen 
at the same time. You go through the material 
twice, so you learn better. It makes some 
students lazy, but I think all teachers should 
do it" 



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multi-media 

Sophomore chemistry major, Tigist Abraham 
"The teacher downloaded an animation on DNA 
replication. It helped to watch it move from one 
stage to the next. I really understood it better." 

Jonathen Heekin on Power Point 
"People learn bythe visual and by talking. But 
Power Point is used as a crutch. Professors or 
students put down everything they are going to 
say instead of talking from the outline — ^they 
could just email it to me." Still, "Power Point 
forces organization on a professor." 

convenience! 

Natasha Siva 

"The computer lab is very, very, hot, and [going 
to an online course] I could eat at home and not 
have to rush to class." 

Sports management major Cory Bauswell 
'02MS/E 

"\ like the computer lab in the Sports Medicine 
Building because it's quiet and I don't have the 
distractions of the TV or loud roommates. Also, 
the printers are really fast." 

Third-year psychology and pre-law student Emily 
Liu on Blackboard "lite" 
"It seems almost as if professors are playing a 
hide-and-seek, forcing students to get online for 
homework assignments that may just as easily 
be announced in class." 

Senior English major, Megan Cronauer 
"I liked taking the test at home at 1 1 :30 p.m. 
instead of going somewhere at a particular 
time." 



*A study in spring 2000 compared learning for 
students in online and traditional versions of Lynn 
Nelson's Intro to Sociology (page I9j. 

Amanda Cosner '02BA/H&S was an 
intent with Shafer Court Connections 
2001-02. 





Word 

La pliime de ma tante est sur la table. 

Dove sono? 

Donde estan los pantalones de mi padre? 

Practice, practice. It's essential to ^ 

learning a foreign language. Brand s 

new computers with bright LCD I 

monitors in VCU's Language Learning s 

Center (LLC) are dazzling. Multi- » 

media, interactive software and CD- i 

roms turn practice into amazing fun. •■ 

The Foreign Language Department 

teaches French, German, Italian, s 

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, Chinese, - 

Arabic and Russian at VCU, and the 

lab gets about 2000 visits a month. " 

"That number will surge," predicts 

Center director Sandy Darmagnac, "once students and teachers see the new 

equipment and realize what they can do." 

On SCOLA's live, original untranslated programs, students can follow politi- 
cal and economic news — or catch soccer scores — from their country of choice. 
On CD, Spanish students can explore el museo delprado to learn about Velasquez. 
Watching a Spanish TV show, they can slow down the narration, or read the 
transcripts. French students can take a walking tour through Paris before their 
mite au Louvre. Or follow the cartoon adventures of those foes fonriidables de 
Julius Caesar, Asterix the Gaul and his sidekick, ObelLx. Students can test com- 
prehension and even write or record their own captions. Mowgli speaks fluent 
German in Das Dschimglebiich. Students record themselves singing along with 
animated folksongs (La Cucaracha — in disco!), practicing related vocabulary and 
grammar exercises — comprehension through karaoke. 

For classes held in the LLC, a teacher can direct and monitor exercises and 
readings from a central console. Students can do a telephone exercise, calling a 
student across the room for a chat. Digital software is a flexible tool: Hen- Doktor 
Professor can interact with a single student or the class; interrupt a film to explain 
a scene; run a loop of a word or sentence to hear-say it again and again. 
Professors can use the LLC's new digital camcorder to videotape students' dia- 
logues, or take it on their travels to bring back clips of interviews, or cultural 
events. (Or telenovelas? South American soap opera — the quickest way short of a 
foreign boyfriend to learn a language.) 

It's all practice, in listening, speaking, writing, reading. Participation at the 
LLC is not required, but students who go learn molto bme. "In a class of 35," says 
Darmagnac, "there isn't enough time. At the LLC, students can practice for 
hours. Once they know about it, they get excited and we have regulars." 

On video, students can take virtual trips to Morocco or St. Petersburg. In 
Professor Masullo's Italian chat room, VCU students parlano vivace con gli stiidenti 
italiani. The Italians practice their English in half the session, so both sides 
benefit. By the fall, new web-cams will add the visual — students wdll learn body 
English or Italian as well. 

In yet another medium, students peiivent aller au cinetna. And they don't 
have to fly to Cannes. At 424 Hibbs they can see films like Todo sobre mi madre or 
Lola Rennt from Spain, Germany, France, Russia, Italy and China — most with 
English subtitles. (Lab technology "translates" video formats from Europe, 
China, Japan, South America to the U.S. standard.) 

VCU's annual French Film Festival takes the cinema medium to an out of lab 
experience for American students and teachers of French, through courses and 
internships. Students from France intern as associate coordinators, working both 
in France and in Richmond. The Festival website is www.frenchfilm.vcu.edu 

Jean Huets is a Richmond freelance writer and editor. 



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1950s 

Byron Lawrence '53/A is president of Celery 
Marketing Communications. He lives in 
Charleston, VW. ■> Walter Wells ■52BM/A owns 

NRW CO. in Mathews, VA where he lives. 



*Wllliam Seville '65BS/SW is college sales and 
regional acquisition editor for Prentice Hall 
Publishing Company. He earned the Top 
Performer Award in Business and Economics for 
2001, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2000. He was Top 
Manuscript Performer for 2001 and was reelect- 
ed to Prentice Hall's Leadership Council for 2002. 
He lives in Richmond. • Lucy (Blair) Brinkley 
'62BFA teaches kindergarten for Pittsylvania 
County Schools in Chatham, VA, where she lives. 
• *Alston Cain '61/A co-owns Cain & Cain 
Advertising in Fayetteville, NC. He lives in North 
Myrtle Beach, SC. He has served on several 
community and professional boards: member, 
Fayetteville Area Chamber of Commerce; was 
president of Cape Fear Regional Theatre; was a 
founding member and president of Fayetteville 
Area Advertising Federation and Fayetteville 
Shag Association. He has won many awards 
including the Fayetteville American Advertising 
Federation's Silver Medal Award in 1989. - 
*Mary (Lyon) Cain '61/A co-owns Cam & Cam 
Advertising in Fayetteville, NC. She lives in North 
Myrtle Beach, SC. She is a member of the 
Fayetteville Area Advertising Federation, 
Fayetteville Arts Council Board, and Junior 
League of Fayetteville. She has won numerous 
Addy awards, and received the Aurora Platinum 
"Best of Show" in 1998 and many others. • 
*Fulton Orumheller '69BS/H&S owns Atlantic 
Southern Associates, Inc. in Richmond. He lives 
in Midlothian, VA. « 'Patricia Eby 'BSBS/N 
'88MS/AH(RC) has a case management 
business. She is a licensed clinical nurse spe- 
cialist and a certified vocational rehabilitation 
counselor and disability management specialist. 
She is a disability consultant for Shenandoah 
Life. She lives in Roanoke, VA. • Anthony Faina 
'B7BS/E '69l\/IEd is a specialist in education for 
the Virginia Department of Education in 
Richmond,where he lives. • 'Elizabeth (Price) 
Gerber'68BMEis a freelance legal assistant in 
Houston, TX, where she lives. ■ Janet (Grove) 
Grondin '68BFA is owner of Decor Unlimited in 
Voorheesville, NY, where she lives. » Brenda 
(Lee) Heyseck '69BS/B is a bookkeeper at 
Morcom International, Inc in Chantiliy, VA. • 
•John Keith Jr 'SeBS/B is director of human 
resources at J. Crew in Lynchburg, VA. He lives 
in Forest, VA. • *R.B.Metcalf Jr'68BS/Bis 
owner of R.B. Metcalf-Appraiser in Chesterfield, 
VA, where he lives. • Rebecca Mushko '67BFA 
is an instructor at Ferrum College. She lives in 



Penhook,VA • Thomas O'Brien 'BSBS/B is an 

engineer tech for Henrico County Public Utilities. 
He lives in Glen Allen, VA. ■ *MaryAnne 
Pennington 'BBBFA '66MFA teaches at Pitt 
County Schools in Bethel, NC. She lives in 
Greenville, NC. " *George Roland '69BFA is a 
professor of art at Allegheny College in 
Meadville, PA where he lives. ^ Henry Thatcher 
'68BS/B is human resources manager at Gaylord 
Container Corporation in Antioch, CA. He lives in 
Danville, CA. 



*Thomas Abernethy Jr'78BS/E is a data analyst 
at Capital One Financial Services in Glen Allen, 
VA. He recently produced his first hammered 
dulcimer CD. He lives in Richmond. ' Donna 
Aronson '71BFA is dean of the College of 
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences atthe 
University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, 
TX, where she lives. « Daniel Athans '78BS/H&S 
is president of St. John's Realty in Richmond. 
•Kathleen (Burke) Barrett '71BS ■73MS/B is vice 
president for financial development for the 
American Red Cross in Richmond and president 
of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association 
of Fundraising Professionals. She is president of 
the VCU Alumni Board and member of the VCU 
Schoolof Business Alumni Board. ' 'Charlie 
Beck '75BS/B is president of Financial Staffing 
2000, Inc. in Richmond. He lives in Powhatan, VA. 
- 'Billy Biberstein '79BS/H&S is a missionary at 
the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity 
in Robstown,TX, where he lives. ° 'John 
Boothby '77IVISW is director of continuing 
medical education at VCU in Richmond, where 
he lives. ' Judy Bowles '76BA/H&S is a 
business analyst at AdvancePCS. She lives in 
Chandler, VA. ' Tracy Brewer '76BS/E is a refer- 
ence librarian at Watauga County Library in 
Boone, NC. She lives in Blowing Rock, NC. ° 
Karen (Bryant) Burton '78BFA is president of 
Textile Art & Design in Waterford, VA. She lives 
in Paeonian Springs, VA. • Douglas Carson 
'74BS/B IS president of Great Bridge Title, Inc. in 
Chesapeake, VA, where he lives. ° BonniCash 
'76BS/SW IS an account executive at Clanon- 
Ledger in Madison, MS, where she lives. • 
'Lynn (Schwartz) Cashell '77BFA teaches at 
Garnet Valley School Distnct in Glen Mills, PA. 
She lives in Springfield, PA. • Mario Cavezza 
'71BS/B IS general manager of Portamedic 
Division at Hooper Holmes Corporation. He lives 
inAndover, NJ. • 'David Clements '70BS/IVIC is 
site manager of Human Resources at 
ExxonMobil Chemical in Houston, TX. He lives in 
Montgomery, TX. • 'Sally Coates '72BS/SW is 
branch director at the Lord Fairfax Area Food 
Bank in Winchester, VA, where she lives. • 
Margaret (Gross) Cocke '85BA/H&S '98MT 
marned Dean Cocke on October 13, 2001. They 
live in Beaverdam, VA. ° Lloyd ConleyJr 
'75BS/H&S IS senior vice president at Private 
Client Services in Richmond. He lives in 
Midlothian, VA. ° G. Geneva Dawson '74BFA is 
an interior designer at G.G. Dawson Interior 
Design. She is also a real estate broker at G.G. 
Dawson Real Estate both in Kilmarnock, VA, 
where she lives. • 'Lynn Doss '74BS/SW is a 



Alumni Merit Scholars 2001-02 

These are some of VCU's brightest students, who 
were supported in their studies last year by 114 Merit 
Scholarships established by VCU alumni in 1999-2000. 
Naming donations for the Richard T. Robertson Alumni 
House of $500,000— plus $500,000 from the VCU Alumni 
Association and $1 million from the VCU Foundation, 
created a base to challenge other alumni donors. Alumni, 
faculty and staff donors contributed $1,849,390 in matching 
funds to establish the endowment Lili Shoulders • 
Hitasha Singh • Joanne Cunningham • Erin Johnson • 
Jiarzan Chang • Jennifer DeWitt • Carito Kanashiro • 
Sherryl Luvis • William Bono • Yu-Fan Kao • Jennie- 
Mae Skinner • Matthew Wentz • Andrew Thompson • 
Kimberly Joyce • Samuel Southern • Laura Sant • 
Monica Khurana • Caroline Savitzky • Carly Williamson 

• Jeannette Glannone • Johnathan Malinoski • Nathan 
Winslow • Joe Pekanyande • Allison Cox • Sara 
Mooney • Lauren Hogan • Harlan Harvey • Brent Cody 

• Jenny Vielleux • Randolph Curtis • James Brown • 
Daniel Carrico • Pavitra Kotini • James Barrett • John 
Lora • Chris Overton • Stephen Fishel • Adam Chasen 

• Robin Bhavsar • Jessica Garber • Monica Khurana • 
MireilleTruong • OrenGal • SohaibMohiuddin • 
John Mizell • William Avery • Eduard Shaykhinurov • 
Karl Linn 



social worker at Appomattox Social Services in 
Appomattox, VA, where she lives. » Deborah 
Elliott '73BFA is an art instructor at Nottoway 
High School in Nottoway, VA. She lives in Crewe, 
VA. - Esther (Leiper)Estabrooks'70BA/H&S 
published her book, l/Wnfer Sfory, with Peony 
Press in 2001. She has written columns and 
edited poetry for Writer's Journal. Her new book 
How to Enter Poetry Contests to Winv\i\\l be pub- 
lished by Val-Tech Media in 2002. She owns Blue 
Jay Writing Services with her husband Peter in 
Jefferson, NH. - Ronald Fink '75MS/B is a 
managing partner at Strategic Marketing 
Solutions in Glen Allen, VA. He lives in Richmond. 
• David Gardner '74MBA '75MS/B is vice presi- 
dent of Regional Marketing at Fremont Financial 
Corporation. He lives in Richmond. » Sidney 
Godwin '74BFA is chair of the Arts and 
Communication Department and gallery director 
at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. 
He lives in Little Silver, NJ. ° Joseph Graves 
'77BS/H&S IS functional CEO at Naptheon, Inc in 
Newport News, VA. He lives in Yorktown, VA. • 
Maren Hackley '78BFA is a curator at Arcadia 
Historical Museum in Arcadia, CA, She lives in 
Los Angeles * 'Lindsay Harrington '73BS/B is a 
Florida state representative and and a realtor at 
ARVIDA Realty Services in Punta Gorda, FL, 
where he lives. ° 'Daniel Hastings '74BA/H&S 
is president of St John's Realty in Richmond. • 
'John Hastings '74BA/H&S is assistant director 
of Multi-Family Development at Virginia Housing 
Development Authority in Richmond, He lives in 
Glen Allen, VA. • 'Charles Heckel '78BS/B is a 
CPA at Amencan Safety Razor Company in 
Verona, VA. He lives in Charlottesville, VA. • 
Carol Jambor-Smith '75BA '77MA/H&S is 
director of Alumni Events and PR at Northern 
Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. She lives in 
Rockford, IL • Linda Jender '77BS/B co-owns 
Artistic Impressions in Gulf Shores, AL, where 
she lives. • 'Darl Jewell Jr '75BFA is fire 



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BY AMANDA COSNER ■02BA/H8iS 

"I had a front row seat for history. I realize 
it more and more every day," says Ann 
Cottrell Free '36, of her experiences as a 
reporter during and after WWII. Most 
recently. Free contributed several articles 
and two photos to the Ekanor Roosexvlt 
Eiuyclopedia, published in 2001. Free 
wTote about ER's "women-onK'" press 
conferences and fellow journalists Ruby 
Black and Vlary Hornaday. 
As a 24-year-old reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, Free was the youngest 
member of Eleanor Roosevelt's Press Conference Association in 1941 and chaired it in 
1943. (Free didn't always get a front row seat. She remembers racing other reporters 
upstairs to the Monroe Room. "I was never able to outrun the older women and had to 
settle for the second row," she says mefully.) Free reports, "After ER's customary 'Good 
Morning, Ladies,' the First Lady shook each woman's hand, announced her schedule of 
activities, and entertained questions on a variety of subjects, ranging from her wardrobe 
and her children to her own personal and women's general role in war and peace." Like 
her husband, ER limited direct quotes, at first requiring reporters to get her permission 
and check their notes against her secretary's. 

ER intended that her weekly, women-only press conferences would expand opportu- 
nities for women journalists — then often limited to covering society news, fashion and 
homemaking. And ER could highlight the social and human rights issues she supported 
so intensely. 

Free shared those passionate concerns. "Even in Richmond, growing up, I felt 
horrible about the second-class citizenship of African-.American people. 1 felt like I was 
a lonely voice at the time. Finally, Eleanor Roosevelt spoke up and gave a lot of support 
to African-.Americans." When the president's wife spoke and acted. Free was inspired to 
fight for what she believed in. "You need people like Mrs. Roosevelt to galvanize you." 

.After the war, Free continued to cover ER and movements calling for equal opportu- 
nities for people all over the world. Most thrilling for Free was witnessing the shaping of 
the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a response to the world's horror at 
the Holocaust. ER maneuvered past thickets of conflicting national values and practice, 
convincing her colleagues on the U.N. Commission on Human Rights that binding 
treaties on civil rights and economic justice should be separate from the declaratioir, 
which became part of the U.N. Charter in 1948. "1 feel so lucky to have experienced 
that," Free says. 

Later, Free fought for humane treatment of animals and protection of the environ- 
ment, with books like Auiiuals, Nature and Albert Sclnveitza: She led a successful drive 
to name a wildlife refuge in Maine for her friend and comrade-in-Nature, Rachel 
Carson. "That's where my heart is, with the animals and nature." 

She adds, "1 wish I could have done more than that. You look back at your Ufe and 
realize you haven't done a thing and you wish you could do it all over again." Perhaps. 
But Free hasn't stopped yet. Besides, people like .Ann Cottrell Free galvanize the rest 
of us. 

English major Mandy Cosner was an intern with Shafer Court Connections 
during 2001-02. 



captain for the City of Richmond Department of 
Fire & Emergency Services. He lives in Ruther 
Glen,VA. ' Thelma Johnson '70BS/N '84MEd is 
a nurse educator at VCU Health Services. She 
lives in Richmond. ' Lang Johnston '75BS/B is 
president of Corporate Election Services in 
Pittsburgh, where he lives. ' *Leroy Keller 
'76MBA IS a loan officer at US. Small Business 
Administration in Richmond. He lives in Glen 
Allen, VA • *Thomas Kennedy '76BS 'TSMS/B is 
a certified public accountant at Schutrumpf& 
Koren, P.C. in Richmond, where he lives. • Anne 
Ketner '77MEd is a full-time volunteer for the 
Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red 
Cross. A retired school teacher, she is the head 
of Web of Hope, a group she founded which 



donates knitted hats, mittens and blankets. She 
received the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership 
Honor Award in 2002. • 'Thomas King Jr 
'71BS/H&S is administrative Law Judge at the 
Social Security Administration in Charlottesville, 
VA, where he lives. • Steven Lancaster 
'78BS/H&S '82MD is a medical doctor at 
Jackson Orthopedic Institute in Jackson, FL. He 
lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. • Lewis Lehman 
'73BS/B is a human resources manager at 
Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e 
Mineracao in Araxa, Brazil, where he lives. • 
Brent Lerch '77BS/B '78MBA is president and 
owner of Insurance Personnel Resources in 
Atlanta. He lives in Alpharetta, GA. • Jane Lewis 
'78BS/H&S was recently inducted into the 



YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers m New 
York City. She is vice president of Scientific 
Technical Services at Philip Morris USA, • 
*Jerome Lonnes '78C/B is a partner at Cook, 
Heyward, Lonnes, Lee & Hopper, P.C. in 
Richmond, where he lives. • Albert Marcus 
'74BS/H&S IS a detective in the Homicide Unit of 
the Baltimore Police Department He lives in 
Baltimore. • Tom Matthews '78BS/H&S is media 
relations manager of the Mid-Atlantic Division of 
Sprint in Wake Forest, NC. He lives in Zebulon, 
NC, He is on the board of directors of Community 
Partnerships, Inc. • *Bob McCrarey '73MSW is 
director of Catholic Charities Counseling in Erie, 
PA. He lives in Fairview, PA. • Rawls Morgan 
'79BFA IS president at PPA/IDG in Woodbridge, 
VA. He lives in Manassas, VA. • Linda 
Nicholson '71BA/H&S teaches English at 
Highland Springs High School in Highland 
Spnngs.VA. She lives In Richmond. • 'Suzanne 
Palmedo '75BS/E is a librarian at VCU, She lives 
in Richmond, • 'Nicholas Pappas'79BS/H&S is 
director at The Healthcare Corporation in 
Nashville, where he lives. • 'William Parcell 
'72BS/Eisa program consultant at the Virginia 
Department of Social Services In Roanoke, VA. 
He livesin Ferrum, VA. • Dashton Parham 
'78BFA IS a design editor at USA Today in 
Arlington, VA, He lives in Woodbridge, VA. • 
James Peace '75BS/H&S married Iris Phillips on 
January 20, 2002, ° BillieRaines'76BFAisa 
clean city coordinator for the City of Richmond, 
She lives In Ruther Glen, VA, • 'Janet (Lubman) 
Rathner '77BS/MC is a reporter on the Gazette 
Newspaper in Gaithersburg, MD. She lives in 
Bethesda, MD, • Warren Reichel ■77BS/MC 
works as an information systems manager of 
financials and general administration in Winter 
Haven, FL where he lives, » Arthur Ritter 
■71BS/H&S ■73MS/AH(RC) is director of Crisis 
Intervention at Chesterfield Community Services 
Board in Chesterfield, VA, He is also proprietor at 
Old Fnends Antiques, Ltd. in Midlothian, VA, • 
Brian Ritter '76BS/E is planning operations 
manager at Swift Transportation in Greer, SC, He 
livesin Spartanburg, SC, • Thomas Rose 
'73MBA IS a business officer for VCU's School of 
Business and livesin Richmond, • 'Kenneth 
Scruggs '70BS/B is a commercial underwriter at 
Business Loan Express in Washington, He lives 
in Fredericksburg, VA, • Jessica (Weldon) 
Siddall '77BFA is senior art director at Siddall, 
Matus & Coughter in Richmond, She lives in 
Manakin Sabot, VA, • Terry Smith '75BFA is an 
assistant professor at the University of South 
Carolina in Columbia, SC, where he lives, • Judy 
Staliings '72BS/B teaches business at Hopewell 
High School in Hopewell, VA, where she lives. • 
'Olivia (Brown) Stokes '75BS/SW is acting 
supervisor of Foster Parent Training/Adoption for 
the City of Richmond Department of Social 
Services, She is also vice president of Suncrest 
Homes, Inc, She lives in Chesterfield, VA, • 'G. 
Edward Stover '72BS/H&S is an application con- 
sultant in information technology at the Federal 
Reserve in Richmond, where he lives. • 'Keith 
Strohecker '75BS/B is senior vice president at 
CAPS Group in Richmond, He lives in Moseley, 
VA, • Ronald Sullivan '77BS/MC is deputy staff 
director at the Defense Department in 
Manassas, VA, where he lives, • Paul Taylor 
'72BS/B is chief economist tor the National 
Automobile Dealers Association. He lives in 
McLean, VA, • 'Valerie VanDamKelleher 
'73MSW is a social worker at the Jewish Family 
& Career Services in Atlanta, where she lives. • 



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*Larry Verbit '73BFA is an attorney at Heenan 
Blaikie in Beverly Hills, CA. He lives in Santa 
Monica, CA. • Bob Vermaaten '76BS/B is a 
budget analyst at Newport News Shipbuilding 
and lives in Newport News, VA. " James 
Walker Sr '75BS/B owns Creative Ideas, Inc. in 
Clermont, FL = BrianWaple'77BMEis a 
courseware developer at Boeing. He lives in 
Puvallup,WA. » *CharlesWeatherby'72MSWis 
a home study supervisor at Independent 
Adoption Center in Pleasant Hill, CA. He lives in 
Kentfield, CA. • Rebecca White '78BS/H&S is a 
landscape designer/proprietor at Ramblin Rose 
Designfirm. She lives in Richmond. " Werner 
Wieland '73BS ■77MS/H&S is a professor at 
Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, 
where he lives. 



Dilip Abayasekara '85PbD/H&S is president at 
Speaker Services Unlimited in Mechanicsburg, 
PA. He lives in Camp Hill, PA. " Patricia 
Alexander '80BS/AH '86IVIPA/H&S is a senior 
human resources analyst for the County of 
Henrico and lives in Richmond. ° MaryAngelo- 
Moi '82BS/H&S teaches Italian at Vineland 
Public Schools in Vineland, NJ, where she lives. 

• Jeff Artbur'88BS/MC and his wife Laura 
welcomed their daughter Avery Jane Burch 
Arthur into the world on August 15, 2001. They 
live in Oak Park, IL « *Ebenezer Asafu-Adjaye 
'87PhD/H&S IS a research chemistforthe Food 
and Drug Administration. He lives in Lake Ridge, 
VA. • Paris Ashton-Bressler'85BFA designed a 
book, 50 6oote-50Coi/ers, which won an AIGA 
Merit Award. She also designed the Virginia 
state quarter and is creative director at Virginia's 
Office of Graphic Communications. She lives in 
Richmond. ' ♦William Bacote 'SeMS/HSS is a 
manager at Answerthink in Iselin, NJ. ° Robin 
(Bradley) Batts '86BS/B is in supply management 
at John Deere in Raleigh, NC. She lives in Apex, 
NC. " 'James Bedenbaugb '80MBA is senior 
vice president and treasurer of Triad Hospitals, 
Inc. in Dallas, where he lives. • Edward Belardo 
'88BS/H&S is a senior financial analyst at 
Goldman Sachs & Company in New York, where 
he lives. ° Mark Bender'81BS/B is a consultant 
at Venturi Technology Partners in Glen Allen, VA. 

• David Bennett '81BA/ff&S is district manager 
atAramark in Phoenix. ° *Gary Bennett '86MBA 
is a customer outreach manager at the Bureau 
of National Affairs, Inc. in Washington. He lives 
in Frederick, MD. <• Diane Benzie '84BS/B is a 
senior buyer at Ericsson Inc. in Durham, NC. She 
lives in Cary, NC. ' Cheryl Black '86MS/H&S is a 
director at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, SC, 
where she lives. • David Blum '87MBA is a 
management supervisor at Eisner 
Communications in Baltimore, where he lives. • 
*Julie Blum '89BS/B is senior project manager 
at Nextel Communications at Flerndon, VA. She 
lives in Reston, VA. • James Bonevac '84BS 
'86MA/B is vice president at First Union in 
Charlotte, NC, where he lives. ° *Lenzie 
Boswell '80BS/B married Catherine Cochran on 
July 19, 2001. He is director of sales at ECR 
Pharmaceuticals in Richmond, where they live. 

• William Bowling '80BFA is an engineering 
manager at Communications Specialists of 
Virginia Inc. in Mechanicsville, VA. He lives in 
Goochland, VA. • 'Leslie Bradshaw '83BS/B is 
director of operations analysis at BWAY 
Corporation in Cincinnati. She lives in Loveland, 
OH. • Terry Brantley '86BS/B is president at 



Brantland in Stone Mountain, GA. He lives in 
Atlanta. ° Albert Brockwell '86BS/ff&S is presi- 
dent & CEO of Elite Performance Strategies in 
Hawthorne, NY, where he lives. ■ Jennifer 
Brown '80BS ■82MA/B is a manager at Ratner 
Companies in Falls Church, VA. She lives in 
Spnngfield,VA. ° Liz Bryant WBS/MC is a news 
reporter at 13 ABC in Lynchburg, VA, where she 
lives. Gisele Bullock '83BIVIE'87MME IS a 
music specialist at Virginia Beach Public 
Schools • Susan Burgess '83BS/H&S is a staff 
engineer at Ericsson Wireless Communications, 
Inc. in San Diego, where she lives. ^ Stephen 
Campbell '85BFA is a graphic artist at Symantec 
in Newport News, VA. He lives in Yorktown, VA. 

Duane Carter '81 BS/H&S married Nazy 
TabassianonMayl7,2002. - RickCassell 
'81 BS/H&S is a technical account manager at 
Sun Microsystems. He lives in Arnold, MD, 
Katharine (Maurer) Cassada '87BS/E'94MEd 
married Thomas Cassada on November 17,2001. 
She works for Hanover County Public Schools. 
They live in Richmond. = Pamela Chaney 
'86BS/B IS a partner at Parker, Chaney & 
Anderson in Laurel, MD, where she lives. John 
Ciannamea '83MBA is senior managing director 
at Academy Funds in Raleigh, NC. He lives in 
Wake Forest, NC. = 'Michael Cogdell •81MBA 
IS vice president at Universal Leaf Tobacco in 
Wilson, NC. He lives in Goldsboro.NC. 'David 
Compton '77BS '80MS/H&S '84MD is director of 
Occupational Health at Philip Morris USA, in 
Richmond, VA. He lives in Ashland, VA. '■ Susan 
Cooke '89MPA/H&S is a business manager at 
Dillards department store in Richmond, where 
she lives. = Paul Cramer'82BS/B is a manager 
at AARP in Washington. He lives in Spotsylvania, 
VA. ' John Culbettson '80BS/B is a realty spe- 
cialist at U.S. General Services Administration in 
Washington. He lives in Alexandria, VA. ■-' 'Evan 
Curbeam '88BS/H&S is vice president of First 
Union Bank in Atlanta. He lives in Acworth, GA. ' 
William Daggett III '87BS/B is an employee 
benefit consultant at Kistler-Tiffany Benefits m 
Wayne, PA. He lives in Phoenixville, PA. ' 
James Daniels '8SBS/B is an operating systems 
analyst III at VCU. He lives in Ruther Glen, VA. > 
William Davidson '86MURP/lf&S is a zoning 
administrator for the City of Richmond, where he 
lives. = 'E.Wilson Davis Jr'85MBA IS state 
manager of economic development at American 
Electric Power in Roanoke, VA. - Leisa 
Deffenbaugh '82BS/B is CFO at Health 
Management Corporation in Richmond. She lives 
in Quinton, VA. » Joel Derflinger '86BS/B is 
system administrator at Concert 
Communications in Herndon, VA. He lives in 
Manassas, VA. ' Donald DiLoreto '83BA/H&S is 
vice president at First Union in Philadelphia. He 
livesinGladwyne, PA. • Mike Donohue '84BS/B 
'86MBA is executive vice president at 
BenefitNation, Inc. » Stephen Dryden '81BS/B is 
president of Dryden Consulting Services , Inc. in 
Ashland, VA, where he lives. <■ TonyEarles 
'85BS '87MS/H&S is tourism development 
manager at Portsmouth Convention & Visitors 
Bureau and lives in Portsmouth, VA. He serves 
on the Executive Board of the Virginia 
Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. • 
Elissa (Miller) Ecker'82BS '86MS/B is director of 
human resources at Manorhouse Retirement 
Centers, Inc. in Richmond, where she lives. - 
'Gregory Fairchild '88BS/MC is an assistant pro- 
fessor at the University of Virginia in 
Charlottesville, where he lives. ° Neda Finney 
'84MS/H&S is an instructor at the Regional 



Governor's School for Global Economics & 
Technology for Southside VA in Keysville, VA. 
She lives in Dry Fork, VA. = Elizabeth Fisher 
'82BFA owns Grafix Galore in Easton, MD, where 
she lives. ' Steven Fishman '80BFA 'SSMFA and 
his string band Cuttin' Up Gumby won first place 
in the non-traditional category of the 2001 
Appalachian String Band Music Festival in 
Clifftop,V\A/. ' Rudolph Flora '87MSW published 
a book, How to Work with Sex Offenders, with 
The Haworth Press, Inc. in 2001. " Nancy Fluri 
'85BS/B is a seniortax consultant at T. Rowe 
Price in Baltimore, where she lives. ° Cleveland 
Franklin Jr '80BS/B is a consultant at EDS in 
Raleigh, NC, where he lives. ° RonFroede 
'78BS/H&S '85C/B is information technology 
director in Pnme Plus IT at Capital One in 
Richmod. Steven Gabriel '82BS/H&S marned 
Deirde Kinneyon July 14, 2001. They live in 
Alexandria, VA " Christine Georgo '88BS/H&S 
teaches biology at Newport News Public 
Schools. She was named 2001 High School 
Teacher of the Year in the City of Newport News. 
She lives in Norfolk, VA. = *Judi Giannini '80BFA 
owns Photo Rep in Springfield, VA, where she 
lives with her husband William and their son 
Devin ■ Joel Gibbs'88BFA'99BFA teaches 
visual arts at Columbus County Schools in Tabor 
City, NC. He lives in Whiteville.NC. - Christine 
Goldsmith '83C/B is a CPA in Fredericksburg, VA, 
where she lives. > Randall Graham '89BFA is a 
publishing coordinator at Edison Electric Institute 
in Washington, where he lives. ' Barney Green 
'82BS/B is president at Southern Cross 
Integrations, Inc. in Durham, NC. He lives in 
Chapel Hill, NC. " Mary Gregory '84BFA is a 
senior graphic designer at Praxis, Inc. in 
Alexandria, VA. She lives in Lorton.VA. " Frank 
Gricus '83MBA is implementation director at J.D. 
Edwards in the UK. " Laurie (Zipf) Grusha 
'81BFA owns Zipf Patterns in Manassas, VA, 
where she lives. = Donya Gueranmayeh '85BS/B 
IS a programmer/analyst at CMS Data in 
Tallahassee, FL ' Nils Gustavsson '89BFA 
'95MS/6 is a global Emarketing leader at DuPont 
in Richmond. » Karen Guthrie '78BS/E '82MEd is 
an associate professor of fashion at VCU. She 
lives in Glen Allen, VA. » Ellen Hamilton ■89BFA 
is a graphic designer at Thompson Publishing 
Group. ' 'Michael Hancock '82BS/H&S IS 
senior financial advisor at American Express in 
Charlottesville, VA. ' Patricia Hanks '83BFA is 
vice president of Interior Space International in 
Chicago, where she lives. "■ Kenneth Hardy 
'82BFAisa production designer at Warner 
Brothers in Burbank, CA. He lives in Pasadena. • 
'Gregory Harrison '81BFA is a director/producer 
at Carolina Pictures, Inc. in Asheville, NC, where 
he lives. » Patrick Harwood '84BS/MC is news 
service manager at the College of Charleston in 
Charleston, SC, where he lives. » 'Arthur Heinz 
'86BS/B owns Heinz Insurance Agency in 
Chesterfield, VA, where he lives. • John 
Hoppenthaler '88MFA IS a personal assistant to 
Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison. 
John's poetry, essays, reviews and interviews 
have appeared in such journals as the 
Ploughshares, inA The Southern Review. • 
Larry Hornung '83BS/MC is an advertising 
director at The Crafts ffeport in Wilmington, DE, 
where he lives. * Kimberly Howard '86BS/B is a 
division manager at United Parcel Service in 
Baltimore. She lives in Parkton,MD. • Lillian 
Hubbard '85C/B is director of accounting at 
Stafford County Public Schools in Stafford, VA. 
She lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • JanJacobson 



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'MBFA IS owner-designer of Goober Pea 
Clothing in Washington. • Ron Jenkins '87BM , 
bassist, released a CD, Music of. . . on Camnor 
Records in January 2002. He has toured and 
recorded with Chucl< Loeb, Jeff Golub, Cyndi 
Lauper, Cher, and others. ° James Johnson 
'80MS/H&S IS chair of Criminology & Criminal 
Justice at Virginia Union University in Richmond, 
where he lives. ■■ Kevin Johnson '83BS/B pub- 
lished his first book Give God the Glory! with 
FaithWorks. He is an instructor at the True 
Disciple Ministries Bible Institute and chair of 
the Deacon Board at Shiloh Pentecostal Church 
inSomerville, NJ. • Henry Jones '8485/8 is 
assistant vice president at First Virginia Banks, 
Inc. in Falls Church, VA. He lives in Arlington, VA. 
• Robert Jones '848S/8 is a chemical corps 
officer in the U.S. Army in Washington. He lives 
Waldorf, MD. - Christian KailaWMS/B is presi- 
dent at Battlefield Real Estate, Inc. in 
Fredericksburg, VA, where he lives. » Elizabeth 
Kambourian '838A/H&S is a Richmond amateur 
historian whose research documented the exis- 
tence of the Burial Ground for Negroes, located 
at 15th and East Broad streets in Richmond. This 
was also the site of the city gallows where 
Gabriel Prosser, leader of a slave-rebellion, was 
executed in 1800. More information at 
www.hometown.aol.com/elizabe309. • Tracy 
Kay '84BS/B is a district sales manager at Sony 
Electronics in Norcross, GA. He lives in 
Alpharetta,GA. • John Kelly 'BBBS/HSS is 
general manager at the Salisbury Country Club in 
Midlothian, VA. ' Sharon (King) Kelly ■82BS/E 
marned William Kelly on December 22, 2001. 
They live in Glen Allen, VA. ' Darin Kemmer 
'848S/8 '88M8A is a customer service manager 
at Quebecor World in Atlanta. He lives 
Kennesaw, GA • Dennis Kivlighan'81MS 
'83PhD IS chair of Counseling and Personnel 
Services at University of Maryland's College of 
Education. • Lucinda Law '818FA is director of 
Creative Development at Color Me Beautiful 
Brands in Chantilly, VA. She lives in Montclair, 
VA. • Mary (Chin) Lieu '8685/6 IS a controller at 
F.W. Harris, Inc. in Annandale, VA, where she 
lives. • Claudia Lister'88BFA IS a leather artisan 
in Nashville, where she lives. • *Samuel 
Lubman '72BFA '81M5/8 is a regional manager 
at Community Affordable Housing Equity 
Corporation in Richmond, where he lives. • 
*Lisa Malloy-Stephens '888A/H&5 is assistant 
municipal assessor for the City of Plamfield, NJ, 
where she lives. • Marcus Majors '7885 
'83MURP/H&5 IS a transportation engineer at 
VDOT in Richmond, where he lives. ' 5haron 
(Mayo) Mason '8985/8 is a quality control super- 
visor at Saxon Mortgage in Glen Allen, VA. She 
lives in Richmond. " Gary Matthews '81 85/H&5 
IS vice president at Diversified Ambulance 
Billing, Inc. in Virginia Beach. • Alice Mayo 
'88B5/B IS a contract manager II at Johns 
Hopkins Health Care in Glen Burnie, MD. She 
lives in Severn, MD. • John McDonald '8885/8 



IS a manager at IBM Corporation in Raleigh, NC. 
He lives in Apex, NC. • *William Mcintosh 
'87BFA married Martha Lawson on September 8, 

2001. They live in Washington. • 5usanMerkli 
'88BA/H&5 IS a teacher at Flagstaff Unified 
School District in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lives. 

• Laura Merrell '8585/8 is Mid Atlantic Regional 
director at CaseCentral in San Francisco. • 
Jonathan Merriman '868S/H&5 is a sergeant 
with the Prince William County Police 
Department in Manassas, VA. He lives in 
Bristow, VA. ' Jim Messer '898FA is an art pro- 
fessor at Mitchell Community College in 
Statesville, NC, where he lives. • Constance 
Mitchell '86B5/B is support services manager at 
Lockheed Martin in Washington. She lives in 
Woodbndge.VA. • *8ethMusick'8185/MCis 
corporate market sales representative at West 
Group in Richmond. • *H. Carter Myers III 
'81M8A was elected 2002 Chairman of the 
National Automobile Dealers Association. « 
Lucy (Boswell) Negus '85B5/MC is director of 
major gifts and planned giving for the 
Westminster-Canterbury Foundation in 
Richmond, where she lives. * *Gloria Nelson 
'86M8A IS director and product manager at 
Merrill Lynch & Company, Inc. Princeton, NJ. 
She lives in Yardley, PA. • *Mark Newfield 
'87B5/B works for Align 360, a consulting firm. He 
lives in Richmond. ° *Victor Newman '88BFA is 
creative director at Freestyle Collective in New 
York City, He lives West Orange, NJ. • Tuan 
Nguyen '85C/8 is a principal consultant at 
Computer Sciences Co. He lives in Washington. 

• 5teve Ownby '8485/8 is a detective sergeant 
for the Richmond Police Department and lives m 
Richmond- • R.5cott Page '8385/H&5 is trans- 
portation planning manager at Metropolitan 
Transportation Authority in Los Angeles. • 
Thomas Pappas '81M8A is director of advertis- 
ing regulation at National Association of 
Securities Dealers in Rockville, MD. • Kimberly 
Peachy '87MM is president elect of the Virginia 
Music Teachers Association. She is currently 
organizing the annual VMTA conference to be 
held at VCU on October 31-November 3, 2002. • 
Margaret Perley '87M5/B is executive director of 
Information Technology at New York Law School 
in Manhattan • Lynda (Fleet) Perry '818S/MC 
married Mark Perry on December 21, 2001. They 
live in Mountain View, CA. • Lisa (Keyser) 
Peters '848FA married Roy Peters on April 20, 

2002. They live in Goochland, VA. ' *Kenneth 
Pope '868A '88MPA/H&5 is assistant county 
attorney for Hillsborough County in Tampa. He 
lives in St Petersburg, FL • Adrienne Powell 
'8285/B IS director of Project Administration at 
American Association of Homes & Services for 
the Aging in Washington. She lives in Alexandria, 
VA. • Richard Powell '8785/8 is an investment 
advisor at Prudential Financial. He lives in 
Richmond. • Linda Raeder'858S/H&S published 
her book John Stuart Mill and the Religion of 
Humanity with the University of Missouri Press. • 



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William Randolph '84MPA/H&S is director of 
neighborhood and leisure services for the City of 
Norfolk. He lives in Lynchburg, VA. • Cynthia 
Ray '88BFA'80MFA is a graphic artist at Art & 
Graphic Studio in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Cynthia Redding '88BFA is a service manager at 
Lindsay Cadillac Co. in Alexandria, VA, where 
she lives. • Catherine (Baxter) Redford '8085/8 
is senior vice president for Technology Leasing 
Concepts, Inc. in Richmond. • JohnReyle 
'86M5/8 is an appraiser at Bruce W.Reyle & Co. 
Inc in Fairfax, VA. He lives in Richmond. • James 
Ridolphi '8685/MC is managing editor at 
Richmond Suburban Newspapers Inc. He also 
manages the Goochland Gazette and the 
Mechanicsville Local • *Wanda Ritchie '888FA 
IS an adult services unit clerk at Hennco County 
Social Services. She lives in Richmond. • Tenia 
Robinson '858S/B IS a computer specialist at the 
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons in 
Washington. She lives in Temple Hills, MD. • 
Jonathan Romeo '89MM/A is artist in residence 
at Southwest Virginia Community College in 
Richlands, VA. He is associate producer of the 
CD Music of Surrealism, and is music prepara- 
tion supervisor at the Milken Archive of 
Amencan Jewish Music in New York. Romeo's 
recent orchestral works include Earth Tnlogy, 
Windows, and Symphony No. 1. • *Pete Rowan 
'8385/8 owns Unified Sales Company in 
Bethesda, MO, where he lives with his wife 
Debbie and their children Mary and Peter. • 
Doris 5anscrainte '84M5W is a social worker at 
Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She lives 
in Canal Winchester, OH. • Diane Schneider 
'898S/MCisa program analyst at the federal 
Office of Acquisitions in Washington. She lives in 
Alexandna,VA. • Richard Schoen ■83MS/B is 
senior vice president at Bank of America in 
McLean, VA. He lives in Alexandna, VA. • Joe 
Sheridan '83BFA is chief curator of art for the 
John Kluge Morven Estate in Charlottesville, VA. 
He lives in Waynesboro, VA. • Patricia (Scheck) 
Shulman '838FA married Terry Shulman on June 
23, 2001. They live in Richmond. • Kermit 
Skinner Jr '88BS/H&S is town manager of 
Manteo, NC, where he lives. • Eric Slater 
'8385/MC IS a copyright administrator for the 
American Chemical Society in Washington. He 
lives in McLean, VA. • Mary Slomka '888S/H&S 
IS a business analyst at Amencan Express. She 
lives in Jamestown, NC. • *Dwayne Smith 
'85BS/MC IS a research analyst at Policy Studies 
Associates in Washington, where he lives. • 
Joyce Smith '8785/B is an accounting manager 
at Arcom Publishing in Herndon, VA. She lives in 
Berryville,VA. • Michael Smith '8585/H&S is a 
program manager at ITT Industnes in Alexandria, 
VA. He lives in Abingdon, MD. • Greg 
Steigerwald '84B5/B is a contract oversight 
officer in the Real Estate Assessment Center of 
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban 
Development in Washington. • Ronn Stern 
'898FA owns Stern Studios in Richmond. • 
Dennis Stevens '8585 '86MS/B is a principal 
economist at the US Postal Service in 
Washington. He lives in Woodbridge, VA. • 
Michael Stock '8885/MC is director of 
Development and PR at Children's Home Society 
of Virginia in Richmond. • Carolyn Sumner 
'84BS/6 IS a partner at Spitler Sumner & 
Stephens CPAs in Fredericksburg, VA, where 
she lives. • Raymond Taylor '80M/V8 is an 
economist at the U.S. Treasury in Cherry Hill, NJ, 
where he lives. • *Robert Taylor '84BS/8 is 
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VCU. He lives in Glen Allen, VA. - Katherine 
Tennent '82BS/B is senior manager of Project 
Management Practice Lead at Bell Tech.logix in 
Richmond. She is also president of the Central 
Virginia Chapter of the Project Management 
Institute. • A. Troy Thomas 'SBBS/NIC is presi- 
dent of Inertia Films. His company recently 
produced a television series entitled Testimony: 
Profiles in Faith, that premiered on the Trinity 
Broadcasting Network on May 8, 2002. ° 
Marshall Thompson '88BS/B is a technical 
analyst at FirstUSA Credit Cards in Wilmington, 
DE, where he lives. • William Thompson '89C/B 
is CFO at World Investor Link, Inc. in Richmond, 
where he lives. ' Rose Troyer '87MBA is a 
director at Partners Health Plan in Mornsville, 
NC, where she lives. • Ruth (Woo) Tsen'85BS/B 
is a business analyst at Fannie Mae in 
Washington. She lives in Fairfax, VA. ° Kelly 
Tucker '84BS/B is product manager at Datatel, 
Inc. in Fairfax, VA. She lives in South Riding, VA. 
« William Tucker '80BS/B 'SBMBA is director of 
Maintenance & Engineering at Philip Morris, Inc. 
He lives in Charlotte, NC. ° Connie Turner 
'84BS/B is a management analyst at U.S. Agency 
for International Development in Washington. 
She lives in Spnngdale,MD. ° *Felicia Tyler 
'83BS/B is manager at Hampton-NN Community 
Service Board in Newport News, VA, where she 
lives. ' 'Virginia Verdone'80BS/E IS a sales 
analyst at Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, 
CA. She lives in Corona, CA. ' MarkVergnano 
'85MBA IS global business director at DuPont in 
Wilmington, DE. He lives in West Chester, PA. " 
James Wallace III '89BS/B is general manager 
at Hennage Creative Printers in Alexandria, VA. 
He lives in Fredericksburg, VA. ' Marshall Ware 
Jr '88BFA married Jill Brammer on August 4, 
2001.They live in Richmond. « Damian Warwick 
'89BS/B IS a manager at Century Funding, LTD in 
Atlanta. He lives in Lawrencevilie, GA. • Derrick 
Washington '88BS/B is senior personnel man- 
agement specialist at the FederaUudiciaryin 
Washington. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • 
Phyllis Watson '85BS/B is administrator at 
Birmingham Green in Manassas, VA, where she 
lives. ■ *Tasha Weinstein '89BFA is executive 
director at The Interpretive Word in Naples, FL, 
where she lives. » Richard Wells ■83BS/B 
'83BS/H&S is a portfolio manager at DePnnce, 
Race & Zollo, Inc. in Orlando, FL. He lives in 
Winter Park, FL • Kenneth Wester '85MBA is 
assistant distnct engineer at the Virginia 
Department of Transportation in Chantilly, VA. » 
*Eric Whittleton '84BS/H&S '86C/B is executive 
vice president and COO at Information Systems 
Support, Inc. in Bethesda, MD. • Wayne 
Wilkins '82BS/B is senior property & casualty 
underwriter at Zurich in Baltimore. " Elizabeth 
Williams '87MS is president at Networth 
Solutions International LTD in Alexandria, VA, 
where she lives. • Paula Williams '86C/B is 
president of P.M. Williams, CPA, Ltd. in 
Fredericksburg, VA, where she lives. • Stephen 
Williams ■88BFA owns Digital Mill in Columbus, 
OH,where he lives. • Rohin Womack '84BFA is 
a major implementation specialist at Automatic 
Data Processing in Charlotte, NC, where she 
lives. • *Todd Woofenden 'SeBA/H&S is presi- 
dent of Guilds Hollowell & Associates, Inc. in 
Falmouth, ME. He lives in Bowdoinham, ME. • 
Keri Wormald '86MFA teaches theatre at 
Chesterfield County Public Schools in 
Chesterfield, VA. She lives in Richmond. 



Kim Alexander '91BS/MC owns KL 
Entertainment in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, where 
she lives. She is also an editor for USA 
Networks • Angela (Lunceford) Allen 
'96BS/H&S married Scott Allen ■98BS/H&S on 
July 28, 2001. - Michael Allen '94BFA is an artist 
at Absurdist 6 in Seattle. ' Wendy Allred 
'97BA/H&S and her husband Ken welcomed son 
Jacob Allred on March 7, 2000. She is a rate and 
audit consultant at Thomas &Thorngren, Inc. in 
Nashville. They live in Murfreesboro, TN. ° 
Cordelia Anderson ■96BA/H&S writes for the PR 
Department of the Public Library of Charlotte & 
Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, NC, where she 
lives ' *ScottAnderson'99BS/Bisastaff 
accountant at Adams & Akin in Richmond, 
where he lives ° *Michelle Andryshak 
'92BS/MC IS a senior campaign director at 
United Way of Westchester and Putnam in 
White Plains, NY. She lives in Goshen, NY. • 
*Charles Aulino '98BS/B is an assistant 
examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of 
Richmond, where he lives. '-■ Elena Balandina 
'98MS/Bisa seniorfinancial specialist at Capital 
One Services, Inc. in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in 
Herndon, VA. ■ Jennifer (Castle) Balut 
'91BS/MC'97MT married Christopher Balut on 
July6, 2002. They live in Richmond. > Scott 
Barker '90BS/B is a systems analyst at Merge 
Computer Group. He lives in Glen Allen, VA. '■ 
Seth Barber '90BFA works at Studio B2SJ in 
Denver, CO, where he lives. ' Patricia Barker 
'90BA/H&S IS a training manager at Best 
Software, Inc in Reston, VA. She lives in 
Manassas, VA. » Denise (Weir) Baillett ■98MBA 
married Jeffrey Bartlett on April 13, 2002. She is a 
corporate controller at Southern Health 
Services. They live in Glen Allen, VA. = Edward 
Batkins'99BFA married Karen Ebberton July 14, 
2001. They live in Richmond. ' James Bell 
'95BA/H&S IS a manager at Amencan Express 
Co. He lives in New York City. » Melissa Berling 
'97BA/H&S IS an account executive in Richmond, 
where she lives. ■ Susan (Dickey) Berry ■94BFA 
married Anthony Berry on September 22, 2001 . 
They live in Richmond. ' *Michael Bickford 
■97BS/B '01 MBA is CEO of eduGame in 
Richmond. He lives in Glen Allen, VA. ' *Richard 
Blair '93BS/E is a systems architect at Hilb, 
Rogal and Hamilton in Glen Allen, VA. He lives in 
Richmond. ° Martin Blum '93BS/B married Lori 
Jenkins on May 27, 2001. They live in Lexington, 
VA > 'Matthew Bobbitt'99BA/H&S teaches 
special education at Hanover County School in 
Ashland, VA. He lives in Richmond. ' Robert 
Boclair ■92BA/H&S married Marcy Sitzes on 
December 28, 2001. They live in Richmond. • 
'Jennifer Brewer '96BFA is a junior art director 
at Ken Roberts Company in Portland, OR, where 
she lives. • Stacie (Stargardt) Briley '96BS/B 
married Brian Briley on February 2, 2002. They 
live in Roanoke, VA. " Claudia Brookman 
'93BA/H&S '93MT is an associate director at the 
University of Richmond. • Corey Brooks-Giles 
'96BFA owns CB Giles, LLC in Richmond, where 
he lives. He is also co-founder of New Genesis, 
Inc ' Tracy Brower ■93BA/H&S IS a program 
director at The Good Samaritan Foundation in 
Washington. • Valerie Brown '92BS/B is a 
system analyst at Trigon BCBS in Richmond, 
where she lives. ° Elisha (Galbraith) 
Bruggemann '93BS/MC marned L Scott 
Bruggemann on June 2, 2002. They live in 
Remington, VA. • Heather (McCune)Bruhn 



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2002-2003 

SEPTEMBER 25 

VCUAA Board Meeting 

SEPTEMBER 29-OCT. 7 

Alumni College in Tuscany 

DECEMBER 14 

WINTER COMMENCEMENT 

Commencement Breakfast and Photography 

JANUARY E-10 

Alumni Extern Program 

FEBRUARY 1-12 

Panama Canal Cruise 

MARCH 10-14 

Alumni Extern Program 

'MARCH 17, MARCH 25 

Calling Prospective Students 
APRIL 2G 

Destination Imagination 

MAY 2-4 

REUNION 2003 

Academic Campus 

MAY 17 

COMMENCEMENT 
Comencement Breakfast & Photography 

MAY 26-JUNE 3 

Alumni College in Italian Lakes District 

JULY 21-29 

Aliunni College in Normandy 



•TENTATIVE DATES 



'93BFA received a Fulbrightto support her dis- 
sertation research on late Gothic metalwork. She 
will live in Cologne, Germany. ' Brian 
Brumbaugh '97MBA is a controller at Proctor- 
Silex, Inc. in Glen Allen, VA. He lives in 
Midlothian, VA. ' 'Karen (Compton) Bryant 
'97MBA IS a manger of Sales Finance at Philip 
Morris USA in New York City. ' Richard Bunce 
'97MBA IS executive director of audit & manage- 
ment services at VCU. He lives in Glen Allen, VA. 
• Sara (Shoaf) Burnette '97MEd married Roger 
Burnette ■99BS/H&S on July 21, 2001. They live in 
Virginia Beach, VA. • Anne Butz'99MSW was 
named 2001 Employee of the Year by Mental 
Health, Mental Retardation and Substance 
Abuse Services in Chesterfield County, VA. • 
'Marika Byrd ■92BGS/H&S is office manager at 
the Virginia Department of Game and Inland 
Fisheries in Richmond. She lives in Glen Allen, 
VA. • Stephanie (Harris) Byrd '9465/6 married 
Antonio Byrd on August 4, 2001. ' Elise 
Caldwell '94BFA is a manager at Danskin in 
Boston. She lives in Medford, MA. • Jill 
Calhoun '99BS/H&S is development coordinator 
of the Medical Alumni Association at UVA in 
Charlottesville, VA. She lives in Keswick, VA. • 
Michael Camarata '97PhD/B is assistant depart- 



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merit chair at Marywood University in Scranton, 
PA. He lives in Aurora, OH. • Emilie Cangelosi 
'SIBFAis an executive officer for the Department 
of Defense. She lives in Centreville, VA. ' Carrie 
Cantrell '95BA/H&S is press secretary for 
Senator George Allen. She lives in Alexandria, 
VA <■ Amy (Smith) Caplinger96BA/H&S 
'98BS/E marned Ivan Caplmger on March 2, 2002. 
They live in Mechanicsville, VA. ° James Carney 
'99MBA IS vice president and corporate medical 
director of First Health Services Group in Glen 
Allen, VA = Sherry (Knapp) Carr 'SSBS/MC 
married H. Stuart Carr on May 11, 2002. They live 
in Mechanicsville, VA. ' Angel Carroll 
'96BS/H&S '99MSW is a medical social worker 
at Henrico Doctor's Hospital in Richmond. She 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. =■ David Carter 
'92BS/IVIC married Anne Scott on August 11, 
2001. They live in Richmond. • 'Linnie Carter 
'92BS '98MS/MC is director of advancement at 
John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA. 
She lives in Richmond. Stacy (Kennedy) Carter 
'98BS/B married Mitchell Carter II '98BA/H&S 
'OIC/B on April 27, 2002, They live in 
Mechanicsville, VA. - Thomas Casey '95PhD/E 
is an associate professor-administration in 
surgery at VCU. He lives in Mechanicsville, VA. » 
Katherine (Maurer) Cassada '87BS/E '94MEd 
married Thomas Cassada on November 17, 2001 . 
They live in Richmond. " Patricia (Sullivan) 
Cassity '94BS/B married Duane Cassity on 
August4,2001. •' Frank Castro 'gOBS/B is an 
associate broker at Weichert Realtors. He lives 
in Clifton, VA William Chisholm'99BS/H&S 
married Katharine Morgan on April 20, 2002. He 
works in sales at American Fidelity Assurance 
Corporation.They live in Richmond. ' Jin Chung 
■99BS '99BS/B is a SAP consultant at Dolphin IT- 
Proiect and Consulting Corporation in Newtown 
Square, PA, where he lives. ° Holly Clark 
'98MBA IS vice president of Scott & Stnngfellow, 
Inc. She lives in Richmond. = Mary (Rawls) 
Clark '96BS/B married Anthony Clark '02BS/B on 
May 4, 2002. She is a sales representative at 
Luck Stone Corporation. He is a financial advisor 
at AXA Advisors, They live in Richmond. • 
Donna Coghill '90BFA '94MFA is director of edu- 
cation at Theatre IV in Richmond, where she 
lives. ' Jason Cole '96BS/B married Isabel 
(Coelho) Coleon July 27, 2001. They live in Union, 
New Jersey. ° Kirk Collins 'gSBS/HSS 'gSMEd 
owns Valkirk Incorporated in Glen Allen, VA, 
where he lives. « Anne Conklin '95BS/B is an 
ALP supervisor at Ingersoll-Rand Co. She lives in 
Cornelius, NC. ■ Andrew Conti '96BS/B married 
Becky (Hundley) Conti ■97MSOT/AH on July 28, 
2001. They live in Mechanicsville, VA. = Steven 
Cooke '98BS/B married Kerry Dixon on August 4, 
2001.Theylive in Chesterfield, VA. ° Leigh 
(Wright) Coverstone 'gSBS/H&S married Neil 
Coverstone on October 20, 2001 . They live in 
Richmond. - *Steve Covert '93BS/B is a systems 
administrator at Capital One in Glen Allen, VA. ' 
Jeffrey Coward '92BS/B is vice president of 
Secondary Marketing at Saxon in Glen Allen, VA. 
• Sam Cox '90BM '98MEd is assistant principal 
of Fauquier County Public Schools in Marshall, 
VA. He livesin Bealeton, VA. " Rose (Organ) 
Crews '94C/B married Jerry Crews on 
Septembers, 2001. They live in Richmond. • 
Michael Crute '97BS/H&S married Victoria 
Morgan on November 10, 2001. ° Lisa DaFoe 
'90BS/MC IS marketing coordinator at Wiley & 
Wilson. She lives in Virginia Beach, VA. • 
Christina (Rowsey) Dillard '98BA/H&S married 
Robert Dillard on March 2, 2002. She works for 



Retreat Hospital. They live in Mechanicsville, VA. 
• Melinda DiMauro '93BFA is a photographer in 
Long Beach, CA, where she lives. ° Rebecca 
Dimmett '95BFA is a policy & procedure special- 
ist at Capital One Financial in Glen Allen, VA. She 
lives in Richmond. » Eric Director 'gOBA/H&S 
married Mindy Atkins on June 8, 2002. - Tracy 
(Whiting) Dobrinsky '93BS/H&S '97BS/AH 
married Robert Dobnnsky on March 23, 2002. 
She IS an occupational therapist for Virginia 
Beach Public Schools. They live in Virginia 
Beach, VA ' Kieran Donahue '93BFA is a mar- 
keting manager at Hilton Honors in Beverly Hills, 
CA. She lives in Los Angeles. '■ *Heather Eades 
'97BS/B was honored as Dominion Resources' 
Volunteer of the Year for 2001. She founded and 
leads Richmond Siberian Rescue, a referral 
service for homeless Siberian huskies. She is 
also a member of Pet Harbor Rescue, and 
REINS Joan (Carle) Engstrom '91 BS/H&S 
married William Engstrom Jr on February 14, 
2002. They live in Glen Allen, VA. ' Bruce Ensley 
'96MBAisa seniorfinancial analyst at Dominion 
Resources in Richmond. He lives in Midlothian, 
VA ' KeishaEntzminger'99BAisan aftermar- 
ket account manager at Ford Motor Company. 
She lives in Hoboken, NJ. " Robert Faulkner 
'93BS/B married Adelle Danley on October 27, 
2001 Kelly Filizola '93BS/B IS a material 
planner at Arrow Electronics Inc. in Raleigh, NC, 
where she lives ' Robert Fitzgerald '93BS/H&S 
married Elizabeth Ross on October 13, 2001. " 
*Deborah (Kirk) Flippo 'giBS/B is marketing 
manager at Engineering Concepts Inc. in 
Fincastle, VA. ■- Ann Ford '97BFA is director of 
Creative and Pre-Press Services at Choice 
Communications in Richmond. She lives in 
Ashland, VA with her husband, Stephen. ° 
Lauren (DIehl) Ford '97BFA married Marion Ford 
■92BS/MS on December 1, 2001. She works at 
Capital One and he works at Dominion Power. 
They live in Richmond. ° Marlowe Foster '93BA 
'95MPA/H&S IS corporate affairs manager at 
Lowe's Companies, Inc. in Wilkesboro, NC. He 
lives in Winston-Salem, NC. " *Thomas Franklin 
'93BS/H&S IS chief resident of psychiatry at the 
University of South Carolina School of Medicine 
in Columbia, SC. He lives in Cayce, SC. ° Gaylia 
(Wagner) Fravel '92BA/H&S married Daniel 
Fravel on July7, 2001. ' Ben Friedman 
'97BA/H&S is a senior account manager at 
Spnng Global Markets Group in Woburn, MA. He 
livesinMarblehead, MA. ■■ Sande (Snead) Fulk 
'96MS/MC IS director of Public Relations & 
Marketing at Autorent in Chester, VA, where she 
lives. She recently received Inside Business 
magazine's Top 40 Under 40 Award. • Mary 
Gawne '93BS/MC is an account manager at Fine 
Arts Engraving Company in Newington, VA. ° 
Amie Garrett '94BFA is advertising supervisor at 
Circuit City Store, Inc. in Richmond. She lives in 
Glen Allen, VA. - Nadim Geloo '89BS/H&S 
'94MD IS an interventional cardiologist at East 
Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where he 
lives ' Regina George '93BS/B is a staffing & 
compensation specialist at Infineon 
Technologies in Sandston, VA. She lives in 
Colonial Heights, VA. ° *Alan Goldstein '95BS/E 
IS a researcher/recruiter at Capital One in Glen 
Allen, VA, where he lives. ' J. David Gorman 
'93BS/MC married Elizabeth Roberts on 
November 10, 2001. They live in Richmond. " 
Tracie (Smith) Grady '93BS/B marned James 
Grady on October 26, 2001. " David Graves 
'92BS/H&S is manager of information systems at 
Virginia Asset Management in Richmond. • Amy 



(Hale) Grazioso '94BS/B married John Grazioso 
Illon0ctober6,2001. • Maria (Zohab) Greco 
'90BS/E married Frank Greco married April 6, 
2002. She is an auditor at LandAmerica Financial 
Group. They live in Richmond. • Michael Grube 
'95BA/H&S IS an outside sale representative at 
Curbell in Ashland, VA. • *DenardHall 
'99BS/H&S IS a space system administrator at 
Circuit City Stores, Inc. in Richmond, where he 
lives. ' Lisa Hall '93MEd teaches math at 
Adams Elementary School in Richmond. She 
recently received a S9,000 Toyota TIME 2002 
grant award for excellence and innovation in 
mathematics education for her "Math Game 
Kits" proiect She lives in Richmond. • Lynn 
Hamilton '91 BS/H&S is a specialist for children 
with Learning Disabilities at Luray Elementary. 
He lives in Luray, VA. • Anthony Harbour 
■90BS/E '92MEd '99C/B is president and CEO of 
Harbour and Associates, Inc. in Richmond, 
where he lives. - Scott Harder '99BS/B is a 
sales associate at Otis Elevator Company in 
Virginia Beach, VA. He lives in Chesapeake, VA. 
" James Hardiman '94MSW is a substance 
abuse services coordinator at VCU. He lives in 
Charlottesville, VA. • Dawn (Rich) Hardman 
'99BS/B married William Hardman III on May 4, 
2002. They live in King William, VA. ' *Stephen 
Headley '97C/B is a controller in retail account- 
ing at Southern States Cooperative, Inc in 
Richmond. = Brian Hooper '90BFA is distribution 
manager at Gap, Inc. in San Francisco, where he 
lives. ° *Kevin Hopson'98BS/B married Gunes 
Ozcan on September 2, 2001, • Kelly Hundley 
'97BA/H&S IS an office manager at the Library of 
Virginia in Richmond, where she lives. " Martin 
Hurt '96BM performed the lead role in a tounng 
concert production of Gershwin's Stril<e Up the 
Band. He has also appeared in productions of 
Titanic, Man of La Mancha and Brigadoon. • 
Rhonda (Earhart) Ingram '96MSW married Mark 
Ingram on August 11, 2001. They live in Caroline 
County, VA. ° Debbie Johnson '99BS/H&S is a 
senior process chemist at Rehrig International 
Inc in Richmond. She lives in Williamsburg, VA. • 
Douglas Johnson '97BA/H&S marned Mary 
McArdle on May 1 1, 2002. They live in Richmond. 
' MatthewJohnson'92BS/MC IS media 
director/account supervisor at Planet Central in 
Richmond. He lives in Mechanicsville, VA. " 
Robin Johnson '97BFA is associate producer of 
The Second City improv group in Chicago where 
she lives ' Shannon Johnson'98BFA is a real 
estate assistant at Coldwell Banker in Normal, IL, 
where she lives. ° Carl Juran '92BS/B is a 
realtor at Long & Foster. He lives in Manassas, 
VA. - William Kanto '99MBA is a fixed income 
analyst at McGlinn Capital Management in 
Reading, PA. He lives in Wayne, PA. • Cynthia 
(Snead) Keener '95BS/E married Jason Keener 
on October 6, 2001. " Vonda (Stokely) Kent 
'92BS/MC and her husband Mark celebrated the 
birth of their daughter, Madyson Rose, on June 
25, 2000. They live in Aylett, VA. ■> Laura Koch 
'92MSWIS a program specialist at Alameda 
County Department of Children and Family 
Services in Oakland, CA, where she lives. • 
*Deborah Krajacich '96BFA is an independent 
consultant and accredited leader at Arbonne 
International and La Leche League International 
in Jacksonville, NC, where she lives. • Jeffrey 
Lang '97BFA is associate designer at Boat U.S. in 
Alexandria, VA, where he lives. " Suzanne 
(Walton) Langston '96MS/H&S marned Timothy 
Langston on March 16, 2002. They live in 
Mechanicsville, VA. ° Cynthia (Weldon) Lassiter 



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The Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942, in the South Pacific was a 
turning point for the Allies in World War II. The History 
Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke commemorates the 
60th anniversary of Midway in the exhibit "What Victory May 
Mean: The Story of Ensign Horace A. Bass Jr., USNR and the USS 
Horace A. Bass APD-124." The exhibit chronicles the heroism of 
the 26-year-old Navy pilot and the Navy ship named posthu- 
mously in his honor. 

Horace Bass '37BFA was also an alumnus of the Richmond 
Division of the College of William & Mary (later RPl, then VCU). 
He was the school's first graduate to die in WWII. Bass earned a 
BFA in sculpture and taught art at Jefferson High School in 
Roanoke before enlisting in the U. S. Naval Reserve in 1941. 

It was a difficult leave-taking for his sister, Minnie King Bass 
Thomas. "That was a painful time. My husband Louis signed up 
the same day and became an Army pilot. Horace and I left town 
within a week of each other, and I never saw him again." 

Bass was assigned to Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), which 
flew combat air patrols from the USS Yorktown CV-5 in the 
Pacific. The Yorktown sailed to Midway to defend the small atoll 
from Japanese invasion. During the Battle of Midway on June 4, 
Bass's squadron intercepted a large group of Japanese planes 
headed for American ships. Bass and his section leader were 
attacked by a Japanese Val bomber and a Zero fighter. Although 
his own plane, a Wildcat, was riddled with 27 bullets, Bass pro- 
tected his section leader from the rear and shot down both 
planes. His actions earned him the Navy Cross. 

"His superb airmanship and unyielding devotion to duty, 
maintained at great risk against tremendous odds, were in 

keeping with the 
highest tradirions of 
the United States 
Naval Service," 
reads Bass's Navy 
citation. 

The Yorktown 
was sunk at 
Midway, so Bass 
was transferred to 
Fighting Squadron 
Five (VF-5) and 
sailed aboard the 
USS Saratoga CV-3 
for the Solomon 
Islands, the site of 
America's first 
major offensive in 
the Pacific. Bass's 
The laimching of the USS Horace A. Bass plane was apparent- 

APD-124 on 12 Septanber 1944, took place ly shot down by 
at the Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard at Japanese fighters 
Quinc}', Massachusetts, near Boston. 





during the Battle of the Eastern Solomon 
Islands on August 24, 1942. 

He was presumed dead a year later and 
posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, 
the American Defense Service Medal and 
the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. 

During his short teaching career, Bass 
expanded Jefferson High's art department 
from two to six classes and converted 
storage rooms to art rooms with new equip- 
ment. His students won statewide compefi- 
tions. He was also faculty advisor for drama set production, the 
student newspaper and the yearbook, Tlie Acom. His students 
gave him a farewell party with "Happy Landing" written on the 
cake. 

The late Ken Piatt was one of Bass's students. "He always 
stood tall and was always ready to help you," Piatt said. "Horace 
Bass had good attributes to be a naval ofiicer." Like others who 
knew him, Piatt described him as "a delightful human being." 
Piatt himself enlisted before the end of the war, and served 
aboard the USS Ticonderga, which provisioned the desttoyer 
escort USS Horace A. Bass. 

Thomas describes her brother as "quick, alert and good 
company. He could always solve a practical problem" — perhaps 
a characterisric of both artists and good Navy pilots. 

The Navy commissioned the USS Horace A. Bass APD -124, a 
Rudderow class destroyer, in December, 1944. Tlie ship and its 
crew served in World War II and the Korean War. In 1945, the 
ship took part in the final major strike against Japan in Okinawa, 
where it shot down two kamikaze planes and sunk the Japanese 
submarine RO-109. 

When the Korean War empted, the ship participated in oper- 
ations in August, 1950 ofl" Korea's eastern coast as part of Special 
Operations Group, Amphibious Group One, Pacific Fleet. The 
group earned a Navy Unit Commendation, which reports that 
the "efficient, superbly trained and courageous team" dismpted 
communications, "inflicted important damage," and "collected 
valuable intelligence." The ship served three tours during the 
Korean War. 

The ship received two battle stars for service during World 
War II and six battle stars for Korean War service. In operation 
"Passage to Freedom" in 1955, the USS Horace A. Bass evacuated 
thousands of Vietnamese fleeing Communist rule. In her final 
years, the ship engaged in training exercises with both the Pacific 
and Atlantic fleets. She was decommissioned at Brownsville, 
Texas in 1959 and scrapped in 1975. 

"Mjflf Victory May Mean: The Stoiy of Ensign Horace A. Bass Jr. 
USNR and the USS Horace A. Bass APD-124, " at Tlie History 
Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke until October 20. Details at 
(540) 342-5724 or history@roanoke.infi.net. 

Donna Gregory is a freelance writer in Richmond. 



'93BA/H&S '93MT married Milan Lassiter on 
June 23, 2001 . They live in New Jersey. • 
*Heloise Levit'98MA is an art consultant at Art- 
l-Facts in Richmond, where she lives. • John 
Lindsey '90BFA is creative manager at Consumer 
Electronics Association in Arlington, VA. He lives 
in Falls Church, VA. • Katy Lloyd 'eSBS/MC is a 
public information officer for King William 
County, She lives in Midlothian, VA. • Denise 
Lockman '92BFA is an interior design at 
Sergenians in Madison, Wl. She lives in Cross 
Plaines, Wl. • Ailsa Long '96BFA is an art 



director/graphic designer at Long Creations 
International in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Brian Long '93BS/MC married Elizabeth Hawkins 
on November 17, 2001. They live in Richmond. • 
Christine Longfield '96BS/B is a manager at 
Deloitte & louche LLP in McLean, VA. She lives 
in Alexandria, VA. • Elizabeth (Hogg) Losi 
'98BFA married Ryan Losi '97BS/B on July 7, 
2001, He is a senior consultant at 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP in New York City, 
She works for Harcourt College Publishers, • 
Erin (Tilley) Lumpkin '93BA/H&S '98MS/IVIC 



married Edward Lumpkin on April 13, 2002, She is 
a freelance writer. They live in Richmond, • 
*Abby Magruder '99BS/B is an online producer 
at Media General in Richmond. She lives in Glen 
Allen, VA, • Dianne (Taylor) Mann 'gOBS/H&S 
'92MS/AH(RC) is director of intake and research 
at Virginia Monitoring, Inc, in Hampton, VA, 
where she lives, • Robert Mansman II 
'98BS/H&S married Laura Gagnon '01DPHA on 
July 14, 2001, She is a pharmacistfor CVS, He is 
in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program in the 
School of Dentistry on VCU's MCV Campus. They 



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live in Richmond. = *Brent Manuer97BS/H&S is 

assistant town manager for the Town of 
Strasburg, He lives in Woodstock, VA. • Cade 
Martin 'MBGS/H&S had photographs published 
in Attache, U.S. Airways' m-flight magazine, May 
2002. ' Randall Marvin '98MSW is a substance 
abuse therapist atthe Front Royal Clinic in Front 
Royal, VA. He lives in Winchester, VA. = Tracy 
(LInkous) Mason '96BS/B married Chad Mason 
on August 26, 2001. ° *Dan Massey '92BS/B is 
vice president at Suntrust in Richmond, where 
he lives Meredith (Morriss) Matthews '98MT 
married Patrick Matthews on March 9, 2002. 
They live in Greenville, NC. '• KayMattox 
'96BS/H&S and her husband John Mattox 
'98BS/H&S welcomed Victoria Ann on June 7, 
2001. She is a financial services manager at 
Bryant & Stratton in Richmond. He is a corporal 
in the Powhatan Sheriff's office in Powhatan, 
where they live " Michelle lAlligood) Matts 
■95BM married Paul Matts on August 4, 2001. 
They live in Richmond. ° Jody Matzer '94BFA 
owns Monkey Boy Publishing in Miles City, MT, 
where he lives. » Matt May '91BS/MC is presi- 
dent of Good Thunder Advertising in Richmond, 
where he lives. " Michael Maynes '99BGS/H&S 
marned Maureen Lauper on December 29, 2001. 
He works at Atlantic Beacon. They live in 



Midlothian, VA. • Catherine (Kinton) McCann 
■90BS/H&S married Kevin McCann on 
September 15, 2001. They live in Richmond. • 
Roxanne (Grandis) McConnell '98MT married 
Marcus McConnell ■98BS/MC on June 9, 2001 • 
Clark McCurdy '96BS/B is vice president at Bank 
of America in Charlotte, NC, where he lives. • 
Nicole McGhee '99BS/B is a human resource 
assistant at Hilb, Rogal and Hamilton Company. 
She lives in Mechanicsville.VA. • Mary 
(Stanley) McKenna ■99BS/H&S '99MT married 
Joseph McKenna on July 29, 2001. They live in 
Montpelier, VA. • Reginald McKinney '90BS/B 
is program manager of financial management 
services forthe U.S. Treasury in Washington. He 
livesinOdenton, MO. • Scott McLean '94C/B is 
a controller at Southern Community Bank & 
Trust in Winston-Salem, NC. He lives in 
Harrisburg, NC - Thomas McPherson '99BS/B 
is an OLAP development lead at Capital One 
Financial Services in Richmond, where he lives. 
* Sherita (Johnson) McWilliams '97BS/H&S 
married Arnold McWilliams on November 10, 
2001. She works at Verizon. They live in Glen 
Allen, VA • Scott Melshenker'97BFA is art 
director at Raymond Geddes and Co., Inc. He 
lives in Baltimore. » James Mercer '96BS/H&S 
married Angela Pasternak on August 1 1, 2001 . 



They live in Bon Air, VA. • Cara (Taylor) Meyer 
■98BS/H&S married William Meyer '97BS/E on 

September 15, 2001. They live in Midlothian,VA. • 
Mark Miller ■92BS/AH is an analyst at IBM in 
Bethesda, MO. He lives in Largo, MD. • 
Christopher Mohn '94BS/H&S is a planner atthe 
Oepartment of Building and Development in 
Leesburg, VA. He lives in Winchester, VA. • 
Louise (Adamson) Moore '94MBA married Stuart 
Moore on May 4, 2002. They live in Richmond. • 
Roy Morris '93BS/MC is deputy executive editor 
at Nation Publishing Co. Limited in Barbados. • 
Timothy Morris '98BS/B married Megan Huff on 
February 2, 2002. He works for Capital One. They 
live in Richmond. • Susan Morrison '90BFA is an 
associate art director at FCW Government 
Technology Group in Falls Church, VA. She lives 
Ashburn.VA • *Bret Mullinix '98BS/H&S is a 
database analyst at L3 Communications in 
Arlington, VA. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • 
Catherine (Price) Newman '96BFA married 
Gregory Newman on June 8, 2002. She is an 
account executive at Halifax Corporation in 
Richmond. They live in Midlothian, VA. • Scott 
Newman '91MEd is assistant dean/director of 
residental life at Eureka College in Eureka, IL He 
lives in Normal, IL. • Steven Newman 
'93BA/H&S married Melissa Napier on August 



In Memoriam 

A Great Loss, but a Great Gift 

Rodney Pulliam '87BS/B '90MPA/H&S and 

his three sons — Rodney, 10, Jordan, 8, and 
Matthew, 6 — died in a car accident on March 
24, 2002 in Fredericl<, VA. Their car was hit 
by an epileptic driver having a seizure 
because he hadn't taken his medication. 

Bom in Petersburg, I\illiam earned a 
doctoral degree at Virginia Tech before 
heading the office of violence prevention for 
the City of Richmond. Later he was a legisla- 
tive assistant to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones 
(D-Ohio), crafting legislation to promote 
community development and curb predatory 
lending. "I'm devastated at the loss of a 
former employee and friend who 1 know was 
destined for greater things," Jones told the 
Washington Post. 

Just two weeks before the accident, 
Pulliam began working as COO for Frederick, 
the first such high-level black appointee in 
the city. "He was a minister at his church and 
spent iris weekends with his boys and wife," 
said Frederick Mayor Jennifer Dougherty. 
"Everybody in the city of Frederick had a 
little bit of their heart broken today." 

Formidable Encouragement 

VCU theater professor Dr. James Walter 
Parker died of cancer June 1, 2002, at 68. 
Brilliant, intense, and sometimes intimidat- 
ing, Parker made a deep impression on his 
students. Many took his course on theater 
history, and many knew him as their advisor 
in the graduate program he was hired to 
develop Ln 1977, "Dr. Parker referred to 
himself as 'the rock in the road which you 
could not pass' at Theatre VCU," actor- 
director Donna Coghill '94MFA told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. "He was wonderful- 
ly encouraging and slightly terrifying at the 
same time." Cogfiill coordinated a retirement 
celebration for Parker in April 1999. 



Community Benefits 

Insurance agent and businessman Albert 
Neveux died Febmary 2, 2002 at 86, in 
Richmond. He taught finance and insurance 
at VCU. For almost fifty years, he ran an 
insurance business on Main Street. He also 
founded Management Futures, specializing in 
employee benefit plans and estate planning. 

He Knew the Law 

Alfred Littlefield Smith Jr. died on May 29, 
2002 of a heart attack. An associate professor 
at the VCU School of Business since 1974, 
Smith was also a partner at the law firm of 
Saunders, Gary, and Patterson. "He was a 
humble, low-key person," friend and senior 
law partner Les Saunders told the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch, adding that Smith was 
respected for his knowledge of the law and 
his levelheadedness. 

Teaching the Teachers 

After fighting cancer for more than a year, 
math teacher and Richmond native Mary 
Lou Gibson '75MEd died in February at 67. 
Gibson began teaching in 1956 and taught 
math at VCU as well, horn 1975. In 1986, 
Gibson became the first teacher-in-residence 
in the VCU mathematics department, and 
later worked with math chair, Dr. Reuben 
Farley on teacher training projects. "She 
knew exactly how to relate to teachers," 
Farley told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
"Though she was one of my master's 
students, 1 always said 1 learned more from 
her than she did from me." 

Medical Maverick 

Dr. WiUiam Regelson died in his Richmond 
home on March 19, 2002, at 76. Regelson 
came to MCV in 1967 as chair of medical 
oncology and remained on the faculty until 
his death. 



Regelson was widely known as co-author, 
with Walter Pierpaoli, of Tlie Melatonin 
Miracle: Nature's Age-Reversing, Disease- 
Fighting, Sex-Enhancing Hon none — claims the 
scientific community considered dubious. 
But contioversy never dampened Regelson's 
passion for bringing new research to patients. 
He fought to wrest RU-486 from the abortion 
debate for use in medical research on breast 
cancer and Crohn's disease. In 1973-75, he 
was on a VCU team researching the use of 
marijuana for cancer patients. He advocated 
legalizing heroin for pain contiol in tenntnal- 
ly ill people. 

Dr. Walter Lawrence Jr., founding director 
of the Massey Cancer Center, told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch, "He was looking at 
immunotherapies like interferon for cancer 
tieatments 40 years ago. He always chal- 
lenged the status quo, and I think the scien- 
tific world needs more BiU Regelsons." 

"Exceptional, imaginative and 
brilliant" 

Dr. L. Gregg HaUoran '99MBA'64MD died 
of cancer, at home on April 1, 2002, at 64. In 
the 1970s, Halloran was on the VCU research 
team that discovered the role of HDL, or 
"good cholesterol." We now know that HDL 
helps clean artery walls and tiansport "bad 
cholesterol" to the liver to become bile. The 
research took Halloran into the bayous of 
Louisiana to collect bUe from freshly killed 
alligators. 

Halloran defied conventional thinking 
just as fearlessly. "It got him in plenty 
of tiouble," his colleague and physician. 
Dr. Alvin Zfass, told the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch. "But it was a gorgeous piece of 
his personality." That courage shone 
equally when Zfass diagnosed him with 
cancer. Another VCU colleague. Dr. Charles 
Schwartz, said, "Gregg was an exceptional, 
imaginative and brilliant physician 
[and] researcher." 



SHAFER COURT 32 CONNECTIONS 



25, 2001. They live in Richmond. • *M. Daniel 
Newton Jr '93BS/B is an agent at State Farm 
Insurance Companies in Raleigh, NC, where he 
lives. • ChilesheObbo'91BS/B IS an office 
manager at Saxon Office Technology in 
Morrisville, PA, where she lives. • Richard 
Oleson '95BS/B is senior project manager at 
AMF Bowling Inc. in Mechanicsville, VA, where 
he lives. • *Mary Owen '96MBA is director of 
branch operations support at First Union 
Securities in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in 
Richmond. • Edward Owens '95BS/H&S is a 
physical oceanographer for NOAA m Norfolk, 
VA, where he lives. • *GinaPanza'93BFAis 
online programs manager at Design Center at 
AMD in Austin, TX, where she lives. " Kara 
(Hudson) Parl<er '96BA/H&S married Craig 
Parker on August 1 1, 2001. They live in Vernon 
Hills, IL ' Nisha Patel '97BS/H&S is a group 
home supervisor at Henrico Area Mental Health 
& Retardation Services in Richmond, where she 
lives. • *Jay Paul '91BS/B is president of Jay C 
Paul, P.C. in Prince George, VA, where he lives. • 
Pascale Pepin '97BS/B '99MBA is a senior con- 
sultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton in McLean, VA. 
She lives in Alexandria, VA. • 'Christine Perkins 
■90BS/H&S '93MSW is a medical social worker 
at Lutheran General Hospital in ParkRidge, IL. 
She lives in Chicago. • "Caryn (Bishop) 
Persinger'91BFAis a publications 
manager/webmaster for the Virginia State Bar in 
Richmond, where she lives. • 'Timothy Petrie 
■88BA ■92MURP/H&S is an environmental spe- 
cialist at the Virginia Department of 
Environmental Quality in Roanoke, VA. He lives in 
Buena Vista, VA. • Gregory Pfrommer '94BFA is 
a designer/programmer at Fourth Phase-Light & 
Sound Design. He lives in Marietta, GA. • 
Christopher Phillips '91 BS/B is a consultant at 
Plexus Group in Los Angeles. He lives in Santa 
Monica, CA. ' Norma Pierce 'gSMS/WIC has 
retired as communications coordinator for VCU 
Student Affairs. She and her husband Don live 
Richmond • Brian Pike '9268 ■94MS 
'96PhD/H&S IS an assistant professor of psychol- 
ogy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, 
where he lives. • 'Matthew Prebble 'gyBS/H&S 
is a space systmes analyst at ANSER Inc. He 
lives in Falls Church, VA. ' Robert Prillaman 
'90MBA marned Elizabeth Schoemmell on 
August 18, 2001. He is a division manager in 
Customer and Weapon System Support at the 
Defense Supply Center. They live in Chester, VA. 
" Elizabeth (Axselle) Rader '98MT married 
Matthew Rader on May 18, 2002. They live in 
Richmond. • Emily (Fiscus) Rains '99BS/H&S 
married William Rains on May 18, 2002. She 
works at Capital One. They live in Richmond. ° 
Matt Rankin '94BS/MC is a communications 
manager at CLARB. He lives in Reston, VA. • 
Tiffany Reeve '96BS/B is a corporate accounting 
manager at Interbake Foods in Richmond, where 
she lives. • Timothy Reid 'agBS/E ■92MA/H&S is 
assistant director of personnel for Hanover 
County Public Schools in Ashland, VA. He lives in 
Richmond. • Donna Reynolds '97BS/H&S 
'99MS/AH(RC) is a rehabilitation counselor at 
Vocational Rehabilitation Services. She lives in 
Winston Salem, NC. • Lionel Rhodes '9565/6 is 
a mortgage consultant at Cavalier Mortgage in 
Raleigh, NC. He lives in Durham, NC. • Angela 
(McKinney) Rice '9365/6 married Marvin Rice 
on August 4, 2001. They live in Mechanicsville, 
VA. • Cynthia (5aunders) Richards '966A/H&S 
married William Richards on April 20, 2002. They 
live in Richmond. • Michael Ricotta '93e5/H&5 



co-owns Not Just Draperies in Mechanicsville, 
VA, where he lives. • Amanda (Leigh) Riley 
'956S/B married William Riley on August 18, 

2001. They live in Richmond. - 'Brian Roberts 
'88BS '91C/6 IS a land development accounting 
manager at Hillwood in Fort Worth, TX. He lives 
in Highland Village, TX. • Crystal Robinson 
'986FA IS an interior designer at Rau & 
Associates in Richmond. She lives in 
Chesterfield, VA. • Jean Robinson '76AS/B 
'97M6A is a benefits administrator at Hunton and 
Williams in Richmond, where she lives. ° 5arah 
(Collins) Robinson '9765/6 married Shawn 
Robinson on May 18, 2002. • DebraRoethke 
'95MM teaches technology for Henrico Public 
Schools. She lives in Richmond. She was named 
Henrico County Teacher of the Year in February, 

2002. ° Diane Rose '93BS/B is a senior examiner 
at the Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte, NC, 
where she lives. • Howard Rose '97MBA 
married Jennifer Swartz on November 17,2001. 
They live in Richmond. <■ Wendy (Dewberry) 
Rosner '92BFA married Jeffrey Rosner on 
October 6, 2001. • John Ross IV'9865/6 married 
Katharine Easter on April 6, 2002. He works for 
Apartment Showcase. They live in Richmond. • 
Michael Ross '9865/H&5 is an underwriter at 
Trigon Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He lives in 
Richmond ' Kerry (Epperson) Rudd '9765/6 
married Danny Rudd on September 22, 2001. 
They live in Midlothian, VA. ' 5tephen Salpukas 
'85BFA '97MFA is a photographer at Style 
Weeklym Richmond where he lives. He recently 
won the Virginia Press Association Best in Show 
2001. He IS a member of the Virginia News 
Photographers Association. » William 
Schieken '91BA/H&5 is an attorney editor at 
West Group in Rochester, NY. He lives in East 
Rochester, NY. ' *KimberlySepar'97MAisa 
development and community relations officer at 
VCU. She lives in Richmond. ° Carol Sherry 
'98B5/B IS a registered associate at Smith 
Barney in Richmond. She lives in Fredericksburg, 
VA ° Angela (Gregory) 5ilverthorne '966S/E 
married Jerry Silverthorne on March 9, 2002. 
They live in Cumberland, VA. ° 'Ronald 
5ingleton '96PhO/E is senior vice president of 
Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, 
where he lives. • 'LaMont5ledge'966FAis a 
division artist at Venzon Information Services in 
GlenAllen.VA. He lives in Richmond. " Allen 
Slonaker '966S/H&5 married Monica 
(McCarroll) Slonaker on November 3, 2001. They 
live in Richmond. ° Barbara (Fox) 5oles '99BA 
married Steven Soles on September 15, 2001. ° 
Millard 5ouers Jr '9565/6 is an audit manager at 
Urbach Kahn & Werlin LLP in Washington, DC. 
He lives in Falls Church, VA. • 6renda (5tarr) 
Smith '99B5/H&5 '99MT married Robert Smith on 
July 6, 2002. They live in Chesterfield, VA. • 
Cassandra Smith '95BFA is a freelance scenic 
artist in Chesapeake, AL, where she lives. • 
Jennifer (Childrey) Smith '93BS/B married 
Kenneth Smith on April 20, 2002. They live in 
Richmond. - Heather Smithson '9665/ 'OOC/6 is 
a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen LLP in 
Richmond. She lives in Rockville,VA. • Ben 
Snedeker '976A/H&S is special projects coordi- 
nator for the Georgia Department of 
Transportation. He lives in Atlanta, GA. • 'Jamie 
Stapleton '97BS/E is vice president of Computer 
Business Solutions, Inc. in Ashland, VA, where 
he lives. • Melissa Stemple'996A is an associ- 
ate merchandiser at Federated Merchandising 
Group in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn. • 
David Stirrup '99M6A is a financial services rep- 



resentative at the Richmond Financial Group in 
Richmond, where he lives. • David Stone 
'9565/6 IS a CPA at Snead and Williams, PLLC. 
He lives in Danville, VA. ■ Jennifer Sturgis 
'97MS/H&S is a criminal analyst for the Office of 
the Attorney General in Richmond. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA • Jennifer (Manoni)Sutliff 
'98BS/H&S IS a relationship manager at Key 
Bank in Albany, NY. She lives in Slingerlands, NY, 
• Chip Shuttles '94eS/E was an information 
services regional manager for the Salt Lake 
Olympic Organizing Committee in Salt Lake City, 
where he lives. • Susanne Sweeney '986A/H&5 
is a store planner at Circuit City in Richmond, 
where she lives. ' Patricia Tait'95eFA owns 
Gravitait Design in Hanover, MD, where she 
lives. ' Michael Talley'946FA is a graphic 
designer at Atelier Creative in Washington. He 
lives in Burke, VA • 'Vicki Tambellini '9265/6 
IS president and CEO of SynergyS LLC in 
Arfington,VA. • 'David Taylor '9265/6 is opera- 
tions manager at PM Foods, Inc. in Roanoke, VA, 
where he lives • 'Kenneth Thomas '91 BS/B is 
vice president at BB&T in Richmond, where he 
lives • PeterThompson'95BS/H&S married 
Karen Wells on November 10, 2001 . They live in 
Glen Allen, VA. - Lisa Thrasher '906FA is an 
attorney at Fox Group Legal in Los Angeles, 
where she lives. • 'Cheryle Toy '98BS/B is a 
manager of real estate at CCA Industries in 
Richmond. She lives in Chesterfield, VA. » Ian 
Trollope '92BS/B is a telecom/desktop support 
manager at Insight in Tempe, AZ. He lives in 
Mesa,AZ. ° Anne Turner '94B/VH&5 is senior 
supervisor of sales at Mid-Atlantic Medical 
Services, Inc. in Roanoke, VA. She lives in 
BoonesMill,VA. • Gregory Utz ■94B5/MC 
married Kimberly Coburnon October 27, 2001. ■ 
Glori VanBrunt '9465/H&5 '95MS/AH(RC) and 
her husband Theodore welcomed baby Erik 
Francis on January 16, 2001 . Along with their 
other children, Sean and Danielle, they live in 
Havelock,NC • 'PeteVan Vleet'976S/MCisa 
writer/copy editor at CNN International. He lives 
in Atlanta, GA » 6etony Vernon '906FA owns 
Betony Vernon Atalier in Milan, Italy, where she 
lives. ' Brian Vonderharr'98MBA IS a quality 
analyst at GE Financial Assurance in Richmond. 
He lives in Midlothian, VA. • Michael Wade 
'86BS/H&5 '90M5/AH(RC) is sheriff of Henrico 
County in Richmond, where he lives. ' Helen 
Walla '93MURP/H&S is manager of GIS for 
Prince William County OIT/GIS in Prince William, 
VA. She lives in Manassas, VA. " Elizabeth 
(Schmick) Walsh '92MSW married Timothy 
Walsh on April 20, 2002. She is a case manager 
at Henrico Doctors' Hospital-Parham Campus. 
They live in Midlothian, VA. " Todd Walter 
'9465/6 is a senior consultant at Clarkston Group 
in Durham, NC. He lives in Gary, NC. = Dana 
(Sanders) Walters '96eS/H&5 married James 
Walters '94BA/H&5 on April 28, 2002. They live m 
Richmond. • Alan Warden '956FA is Internet 
manager/account executive at RadioRichmond 
in Richmond, where he lives. • Jason 
Weatherford '9665/H&S married Anne 
Woodcock on June 2, 2001 . They live in 
Richmond. • 'Steve Wells '926A/H&S is associ- 
ate director at PharmaResearch in Morrisville, 
NC. • LeslieWest'98eS/6 is a senior accoun- 
tant at Spectera, Inc. in Baltimore. She lives in 
Silver Spring, MD • 'Diana Wilkinson 
'9065/H&S is a zoning administrator for King 
William County, VA. She lives in Deltaville, VA. • 
'Carrie Williams '99BA/H&5 is senior deploy- 
ment coordinator at Andersen, LLP in Chicago. 



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Sfie lives in Oak Park, IL. • 'James Williams 
■84BS '96IVIS/H&S is a captain in the Staunton 
Police Department in Staunton, VA, where he 
lives • Jennifer (Hodges) Williams '98BA/H&S 

is a senior payroll specialist at Chesapeake 
Corporation in Richmond. She lives in 
Mechanicsville,VA. ' Lisa Williams 
'97BSW'99MSW is an account executive at 
Vanguard Communications in Washington. She 
lives in Arlington, VA. ' Nikeeia Williams '98BA 
is assistant store manager of softlines at Sears, 
Roebuck & Co. in Landover, MD. She lives in 
Laurel, MD. • RobertWllson'90l\/IS/B is execu- 
tive vice president and CEO of Financeware.com. 
• *Jason Winebarger '92BFA is a freelance 
artist/set designer in Richmond, where he lives. 
He was nominated for a Governor's Award for 
Virginians In the Arts, and for a Phoebe Award 
for Best Set Design for Full Gallop. Jason 
received Best In Show Award at Richmond's 
Shockoe Bottom Arts Center and was voted 
Most Alluring in the Richmond Go Fish Project 
for his fish "Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend," 
sponsored by Carreras, Ltd. - Joyce (Hart) 
Wolfe '92BS/H&S married Travis Wolfe on April 
6, 2002. » Mary Woolfok '93BM is a self- 
employed music teacher in Orange, VA. • 
*Stanley Yarbro '93C/B is a master sergeant in 
the U.S. Army. He lives in Quinton, VA. •> KIsong 
Yi '97BS/B IS a network engineer at TRW, Inc. in 
Reston, VA. He lives in Centreville, VA. • 
*Reyburn Zabol '92BFA is manager of The Bull 
and Bear Club in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Beth Zipp '92BFA is a sales manager at Johnson 
& Johnson in Evergreen, CO, where she lives. 



Jennifer (Hoge) Albertson 'OOMSW married 
Robert Albertson on June 8, 2002. She is an 
adoption social worker for the City of Richmond, 
where they live. • *Huga Alomar '02I\/!BA is a 
software engineer at Ericson Inc. He lives in 
Richmond. • Teresa Alsko 'OOBS/B is a controls 
analyst at Westvaco in Richmond, where she 
lives. ° Diane Andusko 'OOBS/B is a general 
accountant at International Paper m Richmond. 
She lives in Chesterfield, VA. • Melody (Blanton) 
Bandy '01BS/H&S married Bogle Bandy Jr. on 
November 10, 2001. She works for First Health 
Services. They live in Highland Springs, VA. • 
Travis Barden 'OOBS/B is a web developer at 
Morven Partners in Richmond. He lives in 
Midlothian, VA. • Paul Battle 'OOBS/B is a 
telecommunications technician for the Virginia 
Lottery in Richmond. He lives in Glen Allen, VA. • 
Sam Bennett 'OOBS/B is a management analyst 
at KPMG Consulting m McLean, VA. He lives in 
Falls Church, VA. ♦ Richard Berry 'OOBS/E 
married Jennifer Zblewski on October 6, 2001 . 
They live in Midlothian, VA. • Shannon (Terry) 
Biddlecomb'OIBS/B mamed Charles 
Biddlecomb on Apnl 27, 2002. They live in 
Reedville,VA. • Ashley (Cox) Blanchard 
'01BS/B marned James Blanchard on June 1, 
2002. She is a commercial sales representative 
at Western Industnes. They live in Hanover, VA. 

• Stephanie (Judnick) Bradley 'OOBFA married 
Andrew Bradley on May 1 1, 2002. She teaches 
art at Fairfield Middle School. They live in 
Mechanicsville.VA. • Jim Bredeson 'OOBFA is 
assistant director of education for The State 
Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, where he lives. • 
Rhonda Briel 'OOBS/B is a benefits manager at 
Morven Partners in Richmond, where she lives. 

• Victoria Brock 'OOBFA is a computer design 
assistant at Willard Press, Inc. in Manassas, VA, 
where she lives. • John Brunelle 'OIPhD/H&S is 



a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for 
Counseling and Student Development at the 
University of Delaware. • Bryan Bryant 'OOBS/B 
is an accountant at McGladrey & Pullen, UP in 
Richmond. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA . • 
Jason Bryant 'OOBS/B is an overnight manager 
at Kmart Corporation. He lives iVIidlothian, VA. • 
Kimberley (Buehler) Burgus '98BA '02MA 
married Michael Burguson August 18,2001. • 
*Aileen Callahan '95BFA 'OOMSW is an outreach 
worker at Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation 
Center in Chicago, where she lives. • John 
Cannon 'OOBS/B married Megan latum on May 
4, 2002. They live in Midlothian, VA. • David 
Clampa '01BA/H&S is a financial advisor at 
Morgan Stanley in Alexandria, VA. He lives in 
Arlington, VA. ' William Clarke '01 BS/H&S is a 
sales manager at Bob Moates Sports Shop in 
Midlothian, VA. He lives in Chesterfield, VA. • 
Christopher Climenhaga 'OGBS/B is a systems 
administrator at Amerind Inc. in Alexandna, VA. 
He lives in Manassas, VA. • Summer (DeRaimo) 
Davis 01 BS/H&S '01 MT married Ryan Davis 
'01BS/B on June 23, 2001. They live in 
Chesterfield, VA • Samantha (Koelzer) Davis 
■97BS/H&S 'OIC/B married Christopher Davis on 
April 27, 2002. • *Trina Davis '01BS/H&S is a 
laboratory and research practitioner IV at VCU in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Todd Domaleski 
'OOC/B IS a staff accountant at Markel Corp m 
Glen Allen, VA. He lives in Richmond, VA. ° 
Andrew Earp 'OOBM/A is a private music instruc- 
tor in Austin, TX, where he lives. He is a member 
of the Texas Bandmasters Association and the 
Texas Music Educators Association. • Dawn 
Edge '01BFA is an office services specialist at 
the Virginia Department of Education in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Kimberly 
Edmunds 'OOBS/B is a staffing specialist for 
Quantum Resources in Richmond, where she 
lives. • Rebecca Epps'OOBA/H&S is an adminis- 
trative assistant at VCU in Richmond, where she 
lives. • Cynthia (Cimburke) Farias '01MT 
married Thomas Farias on June 8, 2002. » 
Allyson (Bailey) Parkas '01BA/H&S married 
Bryan Farkas 'OaBFA on July 6, 2002. She works 
for Cavalier Telephone and he works for 
GraphicsS. They live in Richmond. • William 
Fennell 'OOBS/H&S is an investigator for the 
Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer 
Services in Richmond. He lives in Midlothian, VA. 

* Christian Finkbelner'OIBS/MC is a copy editor 
for the Danville Register & Bee in Danville, VA 
where he lives. • Trenton Funkhouser 
'OOMPA/H&S is director of planning and commu- 
nity development for the Westmoreland County 
Land Use Administration in Montross, VA. • 
Michael Gallini 'DOC/B married Jennifer 
Spencer on May 18, 2002. They live in Richmond. 

• *Laura Gagnon OIDPHA and Robert Mansman 
'98BS/H&S married on July 14, 2001. She is phar- 
macist at CVS, and he is in the Doctor of Dental 
Surgery Program on VCU's MCV Campus. They 
live in Richmond. • Matthew Genovesi 
'OOC/H&S married Cara Indelicate on August 25, 
2001.Theylive in Richmond. • Kelley 
(Cummings) Gill '01BS/B married Jason Gill on 
June 9, 2001. They live in Ashland, VA. • Farrah 
(Stone) Graham 'OIC/H&S married Richard 
Graham on August 25, 2001 . They live in Bon Air, 
VA. • *Charles Harrelson 'OOBS/B is a manager 
at Auto Paint Supply Co. in Richmond where he 
lives. • BuffyHarwood 'OOBS/B is assistant vice 
president of on-line systems at First Union 



Securities in Richmond where she lives. • Paul 
Hayes 'OOBS/B is an operation analyst III at Bank 
of American in Richmond where he lives. ° 
*Heather Haynie 'OOBS/B is an account analyst 
at Markel Corporation in Glen Allen, VA. She 
lives in Mechanicsville,VA. ' Kelly (Kight) 
Heffernan 'OOBS/H&S OOMT married Timothy 
Heffernan '99BA/H&S on October 27, 2001 . She 
teaches special education for Chesterfield 
County Schools and he is a help desk specialist 
at VCU Health System. They live in Colonial 
Heights, VA. • Russell Henderson OOBS/H&S is 
an analyst at Bowman & Brooke LLP in 
Richmond,where he lives. • Lynda (Davis) 
Holloway '01 BS/H&S '01 MT married Jason 
HollowaYonJuly28,2001. • Mark House '01MT 
marned Alison Bateman on August 11,2001. 
They live in Baltimore. • Jeremy Hughes 
'OOBS/B IS director of land development for JSC 
Concrete Construction, Inc. in Manassas Park, 
VA, where he lives. ° Nathan Hughes 'OOBM/A 
married Nicole Strubbe on August 4, 2001. He 
teaches music at a Henrico County elementary 
school. " Carrie James 'OOBS 'OIC/B is a 
systems analyst at Capital One in Glen Allen, VA, 
where she lives • *lgorJekauc '01 BS/H&S 
'01BS/En is a process engineer in lithography at 
Infineon Technologies Richmond in Sandston, 
VA. He lives in Richmond. » Latisha (Waller) 
Jenkins '01MURP/H&S married Jason Jenkins 
on October 6, 2001. • Tana (Harrison) Jones 
'01 BS/H&S married Tony Jones on August 4, 
2001. She teaches math for Henrico County 
Public Schools. They live in Chesterfield, VA. • 
Min Kang 'OOBS/B is a facilities coordinator/ 
computer operator at The Washington Post'm 
Washington. He lives in Dann Lonng, VA. • 
Carey (Vesely) Kendrick '01BA/H&S married 
Nathaniel Kendrick '01BS/En on July 28, 2001. 
She works for Cadmus Journal Services and he 
works for Newport IMews Shipbuilding. They live 
in Williamsburg, VA. • *Dan Keopradit 
'01 BS/H&S is a chemist at Wyeth Ayrest. He 
lives in Richmond. • Angela (Pace) Kirk 'OOMBA 
IS a project manager at First Union Corporation in 
Charlotte, NC, where she lives. • Graham 
Lathrop '01 BS/H&S married Darlene Phillips on 
April 6, 2002. • BrendaLeVere'OIBS/Bisan 
administrative specialist in the admissions office 
at Rappahannock Community College in 
Warsaw, VA, where she lives. • Stuart Long 
'OOBA/H&S IS an IT specialist for VCU in 
Richmond, where he lives. « Jeffrey Lysak 
'OOBS/MC is a marketing coordinator for the 
Food Marketing Institute in Washington. He lives 
in Bethesda, MD. • Stacy Martin 'OOBFA is an 
intenor designer for Baskervill & Son in 
Richmond where she lives. • Peter Mayer 
'01 MBA is global vice president at Praxair, Inc. » 
Augustus Mays III '01BA/H&S is a graduate 
assistant in the financial aid office at VCU. • 
Dana McCarthy 'OOBS/B is a program support 
technician forthe VCU School of Business and 
lives in Richmond. • *AdamMcCracken'01BS/B 
is an investment representative at Edward Jones 
Investments. He lives in Richmond. • Bradley 
McGetrick '01 MBA is a research director at 
Advantis Real Estate Services in Richmond, 
where he lives. • Wendy Meade 'OOBS/B is a 
staff accountant at Henry R. Hortenstein, III CPA. 
She lives in Midlothian, VA. • Michael Menefee 
Jr 'OOBA/H&S is a special assistant in the Office 
of the Secretary of Administration. He is also co- 
founder and president of the Charitable Souls 



Foundation, Inc. • Courtney Merewether 

'01BS/B is a database administrator at 
Honeywell International in Colonial Heights, VA. 
She lives m Richmond. • William Mickiewicz 
'OOBS/B married Kristina Alfonte on May 4, 2002. 
They live in Chester, VA. ° Amber Miller '01 BFA 
IS a self-employed illustrator/creative inventor in 
Richmond. • *Melisa Milton '01BS/B is a pro- 
grammer analyst for Chesterfield County, VA. 
She lives in Ettnck,VA. • Paula Morgan 'OOBS/B 
IS a programmer at WR Systems LTD. in 
Richmond, where she lives. ° Everett Morton 
'OOBS/B IS director of Cardiac Device sales for 
Omni Medical in Manassas Park, VA. He is also 
a basic life support trainer for Inova 
HealthSource of Inova Health System in Fairfax, 
VA and a volunteer on the Emergency 
Cardiovascular Care Committee of the American 
Heart Association. • Joanne Murphy 'OOBS/B is 
a programmer at Overnite Transporation in 
Richmond. She lives in Chesterfield, VA. • 
*Donna Navarro 'OOBS/B is director of human 
resources at Logistics Solutions Group, Inc. in 
Prince George, VA. " CheriOwen'OIBS/B 
works in financial services at Joyner, Kirkham, 
Keel & Robertson in Richmond, where she lives. 
Denise Penick 'OOMAE is a museum educator 
at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts in 
Farmville, VA where she lives. She earned the 
Virginia Elementary Educator of the Year award 
as well as the Longwood Center for the Visual 
Arts Individual Achievement in the Arts award in 
2001. She is a member of the National Art 
Education Association, the Virginia Association 
of Museums, the Longwood Center for the Visual 
Arts, Central Virginia Arts, VAEA and CRVAEA. • 
Travis Perdue '97C '01MS/H&S married Kerri 
Cobb on May 4, 2002. He is a sergeant with the 
Virginia State Police. They live in Montpelier, VA. 
" Sharon Perez 'OOBS/B is a tech specialist II at 
VCU. She lives in Chesterfield, VA. • Ashley 
(Hill) Pospahala '98BS/H&S 'OOMEd married 
Stephen Pospahala on July 6, 2002. They live m 
Chesterfield County, VA. » Tara Pratt 'OOBSW 
'01MSW is a case manager at the Henrico Area 
Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services 
in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in Mechanicsville, 
VA. • Susan Price '01BA/H&S is a technical 
writer at Honeywell in Hopewell, VA. She lives in 
Chesterfield, VA • KeShawn Pride '01 BS/H&S 
is a community juvenile officer for the City of 
Petersburg Juvenile Community Crime Control 
Program in Petersburg, VA. She lives in Ettrick, 
VA. • Thao Quang 'OOBS/B is a software 
engineer at CMS Information Services, Inc. in 
Vienna, VA. He lives in Manassas, VA. » Marika 
Rasmussen 'OOBS/H&S is a personnel assistant 
at Temp-Team in Lyngby, Denmark. ' Anna 
(Carmichael) Redding 'OlMEd married Charles 
Redding on October 20, 2001. She is an elemen- 
tary school counselor for Hanover County 
Schools. They live in Midlothian, VA. • Teresa 
Redmond 'OOBS/H&S is a software engineer for 
Anteon Corporation in Arlington, VA. She lives in 
Alexandna, VA. • Marie Reynolds 'OOBS/B is an 
assistant project manager at Royall & Co. in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Meghan Riemer 
'OOBS/B is an inventory manager at Target 
Marketing in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Sherrie (Swaringen) Roberts '94BA/H&S 'OOMT 
married John Roberts Jr. on March 30, 2002. 
They live in Chesterfield, VA. • Dawn (Temple) 
Robertson '01 BFA married Beniamin Robertson 
on December 1,2001. They live inThomasville, 



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GA Rebecca (Milletary) Roper OIBS/H&S 

'01 MT married Michael Roper on December 30, 

2001 . They live in Glen Allen, VA. » John Royall II 
'OOBS/B IS a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley 
m McLean.VA. He lives in Richmond. - Jeremy 
Sawyer 'OOBS/6 is a staff accountant at Williams 
Overman Pierce and Company, LLP. He lives in 
Raleigh, NC - Katherine (Slonaker) Sherman 
'01BA/H&S married Daniel Sherman on May 4, 

2002. They live in Richmond. ° Anthony Slelme 
'OOBS/B married Sarah Jennings on April 20, 
2002. He IS an analyst at SunCom. ' 'Jeremy 
Slivinski 'OOBS/MC is assistant executive 
director of Alpha Kappa Lambda in Indianapolis, 
where he lives » Mark Smith 'OOBS/B is a 
system specialist at Wackenhut Security in 
Richmond. He lives in Midlothian, VA. ■■ Paula 
(Grime) Spencer '01 C/B married David Spencer 
on June 16,2001. She is an information technolo- 
gy specialist in the Pathology Department at 
VCU. They live in Richmond. » Tracy Stevens 
'OOBS/B works at Carmax m Glen Allen, VA. > 
Rebecca (Jahn) Stone OOBA/H&S OOMT 
married Steven Stone on December 1,2001. She 
teaches at J. R. Tucker High School. They live in 
Richmond. = ScottStovall '01 BS/B married 
Auburn Hawthorne on June 1, 2002. They live in 
Richmond - Angela ISunne) Strickland 
'OOMSW married Eugene Strickland on May 18, 
2002. She works for the Boys & Girls Club. They 
live in Richmond ° OmarStwodah'OIBS/MCis 
a marketing consultant at IMPAK Marketing. He 
lives in Richmond. » Andrea (Turner) Styles 
'01MURP/H&S married *Jason Styles 
'01MURP/H&S on October 13, 2001 Kimberly 
Sutton-Camp 'OIBS/H&S is a student area 
manger of the Market Area Team at General 
Motors. She lives in Colonial Heights, VA. • 
Elizabeth (Carmack) Tanner 'OIBS/H&S married 
Christopher Tanner 'OIBS/H&S on May 4, 2002 
They live in Richmond. " Sharon Tatum 'OOBS/B 
IS executive director of Virginia Law Foundation 
in Richmond. She lives in Mechanicsville, VA. • 
Joy Taylor 'OOBS/B is a systems analyst at GE 
Capital Corporate in Stamford, CT. » Jessie 
(Christner) Teller '01MT married Robert Teller on 
December 29, 2001. She teaches kindergarten in 
Hanover County, VA. They live in Richmond. • 
Monica Tiffany 'OOMSW Is a treatment foster 
care social worker for the United Methodist 
Family Services of Virginia in Richmond, where 
she lives. » Byron Tyler '01C/B is a help desk 
technician atthe Virginia Department of 
Taxation. He lives in Richmond. • *LuisVega 
'01BS/En IS a designer of regional construction at 
Dominion Virginia Power in Richmond, where he 
lives > Eileen (Cloughertv)Vlieger'OIMSW 
married Matthew Vlieger on October 20, 2001 
They live in Richmond. = Kelly (Silver) Wade 
'OIBS/H&S married James Wade III on May 11, 
2002. She is a research lab specialist at VCU's 
MCV Campus. They live in Henrico County, VA. ° 
Tyson Walker 'OOMIS/H&S married Laura 
Gosney on September 1,2001. He is a GIS 
research analyst at World Resources Institute in 
Washington, where they live. ° Sameatria 
Watkins'OIBS/B is a claims ad|ustor at State 
Farm Insurance Company in Charlottesville, VA, 
where she lives ■' Maurisa Westbury 'OOBS/B is 
senior program analyst at Maritz in Fenton, MO. 
She lives in St. Louis, MO. = Terrelline White 

'01 BA IS a senior information specialist at IQ 
Solutions, Inc. in Rockville, MD. She lives in 
Washington • Kristen (Saferight) Whitlow 
'OIBS/H&S married Kenneth Whitlow on Apnl 27, 
2002. She works for Jeff Blackburn, D.D.S., P.C. 



They live in Midlothian, VA. • Richard 
Wickersham 'OOBS/B is a web developer at 
Seta. He lives in Vienna, VA. ■> KenishaWiggs 
'OOBS/MC IS associate editor at Douglas 
Publications, Inc. in Richmond, where she lives, 
^^ Alan Williams '01BA/H&S is an administrative 
and program specialist at VCU in Richmond 
where he lives • John Williams 'OOBS/H&S is 
an adjunct instructor at VCU. He lives in New 
KentVA. = Kendra Williams 'OOBS/B is a human 
resource generalist at Resource Consultants, 
Inc. in Vienna, VA. She lives in Woodbridge, VA. 

•Patricia Williams '95BS/B '02MBA is in the 
Corporate Real Estate division at First Union 
National Bank in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Justin Wilson '01 BS/B is acting manager of IP 
Systems Engineering at Qwest Communications 
in Arlington, VA. He lives in Alexandria, VA. " 
Vakida Wilson 'OOBS/H&S is a corrections insti- 
tution rehabilitation counselor atthe Fluvanna 
Correctional Center for Women in Troy, VA. She 
lives in Kents Store, VA. • Alison (Barry) Wirtz 
'OOBS/H&S married Brian Wirtz on September 7, 
2001 She IS a voice and data consultant for 
Sprint They live in Louisville, KY. » 'Maryanne 
Woo 'DOBS/B IS office manager at VA Real Estate 
Board in Richmond, where she lives. ° *Erin 
Yagia 'OOBS/B is a benefits specialist at 
LandAmerica Financial Group in Richmond She 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. » JieunYang 
'OOBS/B IS a marketing assistant at JPC & CO. in 
Annandale, VA. She lives in Fairfax, VA. » 
Elizabeth Yevich '95BA OOMPA/H&S is a 
planner for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission 
in Austin, TX where she lives. 

Alan Hiss is a recruiter/generalist at First Union 
In Richmond. ■• JurgenVenitz is an associate 
professor at VCU in Richmond, where he lives. • 
James Wheat III is managing partner at 
Colonnade Capital LLC in Richmond. 

Obituaries 

K 

Anne (Warriner) Vail '39/A on April 9, 2002, at 81 . 
She was CEO of Southern Ice Co. and Southern 
Fuel Oils. She was a member of several lineage 
societies including the Jamestowne Society. • 
'Elizabeth (Brown) Vaughan '39BS/H&S on 
January 1,2002, at 83. 



•Vernon Bennett '49BS/SW '54MSW on June 7, 
2002, at 82. He was asocial worker for the state 
of Virginia. He was a railroad and organ enthusi- 
ast. ' *Miriam (Wells) Greeley '48BS/B on 
December 26, 2001. ° Lenore (Sussman) 
Laibstain'44BS/Eon0ctober31,2001. - Virginia 
(Delp) Ogg '43/E on June 16, 2002, at 81. She was 
a teacher at Henrico County Schools for 20 years 
and had taught atthe Elinor Fry School of Dance. 
She was a memberofthe VCU Alumni 
Association's Golden Circle 50 Year Alumni Club. 



Margaret Campbell '59BS/H&S in 1999. ° 
Catherine Chambers '52MSW on March 5, 2002, 
at 91. She was a retired social worker for 
Nottoway County and City of Charlottesville 
Welfare Department • John Geaslen '57BS/MC 
on October 4, 2001, of lung cancer. He was 
printing plant manager at Commonwealth 



Mailing. He was also production manager at 
Satterwhite Printing Company, vice president 
and partner at Advertising Associates, and pro- 
duction manager for Clinton Frank. John also 
worked for Capital Printing Company and was a 
memberofthe evening college faculty at VCU for 
nine years, teaching direct mail advertising and 
advertising production. He served in Korea in the 
15th Infantry Regiment Third Division, of the U.S. 
Army » Felix Gotschalk Jr '54BS '56MS/H&S on 
April 20, 2002, at 72. He was an accomplished 
musician and a critically acclaimed author who 
had over 300 published works. He was a member 
ofthe Authors Guild and Science Fiction Writers 
of America. • RobertHill'56BMEon June 11, 
1998 ' Nathaniel Kirkland '53BS/H&S on 
December 26, 2001. He was interim minister 
during the establishment ofthe St Andrews 
Presbyterian Church in Kilmarnock, VA. He 
served churches in Conway, SC, Albemarle, NC; 
Richmond; and Sharps, VA. • James Miller Jr 
'58BS/B on December 10, 2000. • Bernard 
SadlerJr'53BS/Eon November 27, 1998. » Mary 
Savage '58BM/A on October 4, 2000 ' Damaris 
(Drake) Schulte '52BFA on Februan/ 9, 2002, of 
cancer at 71. She supervised K-9 art programs 
for five rural schools around Syracuse, NY. She 
taught art classes for the Plymouth Community 
Arts Council and was on the board for seven 
years. Damaris wrote the history ofthe PCAC 
and designed the logo for the Music in the Park 
concert series. The Damaris Student Fine Art 
Award is named for her. • *Georgina (Heilig) 
Unser '56BS/SW on January 29, 2001 . She also 
received an MS/Ed from ODU in 1977. She was a 
member of CASA and a volunteer at Maryview 
Hospital. Georgina was a member ofthe Pilot 
Club International and many other organizations. 
' Leo Vollenweider '57BS/B on January 29, 2002, 
at 79. Born and raised in New Orleans, he 
enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 18. He served in 
WWII and in the Korean War, earning a Purple 
Heart and numerous medals. Leo was a U.S. 
Customs Inspector. Active in the American 
Legion, he was vice commander for Virginia; 
Chef de Gare for Voiture 449 of the 40 & 8, a 
Richmond Legion honor society; and past com- 
mander of Richmond Legion Post 125. He volun- 
teered with mentally and physically challenged 
people and with athletes at Atlee High School. 
Leo married his wife Sandra in 1972 and was 
proud that his daughter, Theresa (Vollenweider) 
Sims '97BS/B, graduated from VCU 40 years 
after he did • Muriel (Benedict) Webb 
'51C/A'63BFA on February 1, 2002, at 76. She was 
a retired employee of C&P Telephone, Plant 
Records Department She was a member of 
several historic heritage groups, including the 
Jamestowne Society, the Stonewall Jackson 
Chapter of UDC, and Clan Monro. • Willie 
Whitlock '50BS/B on December 1, 2001, at 76. He 
was an attorney and land developer in Mineral, 
VA. 



Violet (Wilson) Arnold '69BS/B on May 6, 2002, 
at 88. She was a personnel consultantfor Select 
Personnel. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable 
gardener, she was an accredited flower show 
ludge. ' Connie Barnes '60C/SW in May of 2001. 
• John Bergeron '66MS/H&S on March 4, 2002, 
at 60. He was an employment manager forthe 
Department of Rehabilitative Services for the 
Commonwealth of Virginia. • Edward Hall 
■66BFA'71MFAonMarchl,2002,at61.Hewasa 
King and Queen County Supervisor and taught 
art at Coventry Elementary school in York 



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County. He was a deacon of New Hope 
Memorial Baptist Church and a member of the 
King and Queen Ruritans, Dragon Run Steering 
Committee • Anita Haverty 'BBBS '69MS/B on 
iVlay 13, 2002. She was associate professor in 
and program head of accounting at John Tyler 
Community College • Milton Kusterer '67BS/E 
on January 18, 2002, at 58. He was on the VCU 
Alumni Association Board, 1994-97. • Charles 
Napier'69BS/B in October, 2001. • Gladys 
Seiwell 'BSBS/E imu on November 10, 2001, 
at 90. She taught for Richmond Public Schools 
and the Campus School at Longwood College. • 
Barbara Skubon 'eTBS/E on May 1, 2002, at 58. ' 
Louise Smith 'BSMEd on February 28, 2002. She 
was a retired Richmond Public Schools coun- 
selor. • David Thaw '65BS/SW on February 13, 
2002. ' Marie (Harris) Thurston '63BS/H&S 
■65MSWonJuly8,2G02 ' John Trewett 'eSBME 
on April 4, 2002. He taught music in Sioux Falls 
Public Schools for 15years; inTappahannock, 
VA for four years; and in Chesterfield County 
Public Schools for 16 years, where he started the 
string music program. He received his MME in 
1967 from the University of Kentucky. • Portia 
Turner'67BS/E on December 12, 2001. » Betty 
(Winfree) Walters '69AS/A on January 23, 2002. 
• Wayne Wawner 'BSBS/SW on March 7, 2002, 
at 62. In his career in Virginia education, he was 
principal of Chester Middle School. He was 
assistant principal at LC. Bird High School, 
Matoaca Middle School, and in Petersburg 
schools where he also taught and coached 
football. Wayne was a member of several Hunt 
Clubs. He also served in the Army Reserve. - 
*George Wise Jr 'BBBFA on July 6, 2002, at 60. 
He was an art educator and administrator for 
Henrico County Public Schools. 



Ashton Callis VZAS/E on May 13, 2002, at 51. He 
was an associate at Baskerville & Son 
Architectural and Engineering Firm. • Betty 
Davis Cocke'78MSW on July 18, 2002, at 
Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was 71. She 
was a social worker at the V.A. Hospital in 
Salem, Virginia while commuting to VCU for her 
MSW. She was diagnosed with multiple sclero- 
sis in 1985 and fought the disease courageously 
for 17 years. • Floyd Coleman '76BS/H&S on 
July4, 2002.He wasan associate atSager and 
Hart in Richmond. • Laura (Wood) Davies 
'76MEd on November 12, 2001. She was a 
guidance counselor for Chesterfield County 
schools for more than 20 years. • JohnDraine 
'73BS/E on April 1 1 , 2002, at 55. He worked for the 
IRS and served in the Army Reserves. He was 
also a member of the Richmond Ski Club. • 
Michael Fehl '72MS/E on November 15, 2001, of 
pancreatic cancer at 57. He was the director of 
special education for Hanover County Schools. 
He was also the director of Mental Retardation 
Children and Youth Services for the Virginia 



Department of Mental Health and Mental 
Retardation. He was assistant supervisor for the 
Division of Special Education and the Virginia 
Department of Education. He taught special edu- 
cation in Henrico County and directed a regional 
special education program in the Northern Neck 
of Virginia. He was president of both the Virginia 
Association for Mental Deficiency and the 
Councilfor Exceptional Children. • Gladys 
Fitzgerald ■78MEd on May 27, 2002, at 51. She 
was a retired teacher and administrator for 
Richmond Public Schools. • Ray Ford ■70MSW 
on Apnl 24, 2002. He worked for the Henrico 
County and City of Richmond Juvenile Courts. He 
collected fishing gear. • Seaton Fulghum 
'72MEd on January 18, 2002. • James Harman 
'72BS/B on December 30, 2001. • *Doris 
Hellams ■71BS/E'77MEd on June 10, 2002 She 
taught at Maybeury Elementary School and was 
an active member of ADK, = Edward Hughes 
■71MSWon November 17, 2001. = Clarence 
Jenkins Sr '78MEd on December 13, 2001, at 69. 
He was a retired school teacherfor 
Westmoreland County Schools. He served in the 
U.S. Air Force • *Carla(Binford) Jerman 
'79BS/E on February 18, 2002. She was a retired 
teacherfor Richmond Public Schools. ' David 
Perdue ■72BS/E on March 21, 2002, at 56. • 
Helen (Broske) Perreault '73BS/SW on February 
10, 2002, at 80. She taught French at the Holy 
Angels School « Rudolph Schmidt '77BS/B on 
March 14, 2002, at 78. He was a retired chemist 
and Air Force veteran of WWII. • Catherine 
Spencer ^BMM on November 30, 2001, at 78. 
She was an organist at several churches in 
Richmond and in Abingdon, VA. She was presi- 
dent of the Richmond Chapter of the American 
Guild of Organists and the Women's Guild of the 
Richmond Symphony. • *Jo Ann Verner '70BS/E 
on January?, 2002. 



C. Diane Burke '89MS/AH on September 27, 
2002. ' James lrby'83BS/B on August 19, 2001. 
• Laverne Johnson '82BSW on November 13, 
1999 • Timothy Lohmian '83BS '86MS/H&S on 
July 24, 2001. • Michael McCloskey 'BBMBA 
on Apnl 1,2001 • Susan Roebuck '81 BS/E on 
September 11,2001. She taught pre-kindergarten 
at Langdon Elementary School In Washington, 
DC. She also taught in St Croix, Virgin Islands. 
She was voted outstanding teacher in 1998. • 
Wilbern Watklns 'BaBS/H&S on July 21, 2002, 
at 42. He was a chemist at Percepta Corporation 
in Melbourne, FL 



Loretta Brannan '92BSW on January 6, 2002, at 
53. • Elizabeth Carroll '91BA/H&S on May 7, 
2002. ' Newton Carskadon III '96BS/H&S on 

May 4, 2002, at 32. He was a CPS worker for the 
Department of Social Services in Richmond. • 



Merri Jo Crouch '94BS/H&S '94MT on 

September 22, 2001, at 32 • LInville Halloran 
•&(1MD '99 MBA on April 1,2002, at 64. ■ David 
Hodges '96BS/MC on July 15, 2002, at 30 = John 
Laws'92BS/B on December 21, 2001. - Patricia 
Moonis'90BS/E on August 31, 2000 - Kelly 
Nugem'93BA/H&SonApril3, 1997 = Lynda 
Ruth '97MT on July 21, 2001 • CaraSarvey 
■97BFA. 



Leslie Ball 'OOBA/H&S on September 20, 2001. • 
Richard Elliott '89BSW 'OOMSW on J uly 1 1 , 2002, 
at 39 • SarahHearney'OOBS/MConJanuap/19, 
2002, at 25. She wrote for the Progress Index arxi 
the Prince George Journal. She also was a 
recent graduate of Crater Criminal Justice 
Academy 57th Basic Class and worked forthe 
Petersburg Bureau of Police. 



James Betts on March 23, 2002. He was presi- 
dent and CEO at USLIFE Corporahon. He was 
also director at Warring and Associates. He 
served on several boards, including the VCU 
Foundation and VCU Real Estate Foundation 
Boards, and the Board ofVisitorsof VMI. He very 
generously supported VCU, especially through 
the Betts Metastatic Cancer Research Fund at 
VCU's Massey Cancer Center. • Bill Harrison on 
September 25, 2001. He taught in the Economics 
Departmentat VCU from 1979tol996. • Dora 
Morrow/MSWon December 14, 2001 • Robert 
Seidensticker on October 26, 2001. He was a 
member of the VCU School of Business Council. 
He was retired president and CEO of Pinkerton 
Group and a member of its Board of Directors. 
He received many awards including the 
American Jewish Committee's Humanitarian 
Award in 1990 and the Brotherhood Award from 
the National Conference of Christians and Jews 
in 1992 • HerbertWelshimeron February 12, 
2002, at 81. " Rose (Sadler) Wilson on 
November 14, 2001, at 66, of renal cancer. She 
was a realtor at Century 21 and had worked for 
Reynolds Metals for 10 years. Active in the 
English as a Second Language program at 
Second Baptist Church, Rose helped newly 
American families adjust and find employment in 
Richmond. She had been president of the Roslyn 
Hills Garden Club and a member of Ikebana of 
Richmond. ° George "Bucky" Wise Jr. '66BFA 
died July 6, 2002, at 60. An art teacher for 20 
years, he became art education specialist for 
Henrico County, coordinating art programs for 53 
schools, K-12. "He was so dedicated and so pas- 
sionate," said colleague Shorn Smith. "He 
affected so many people, teachers and 
students." Wise retired in 1995 after a stroke. • 
Mary (Jennings) Woodson /MSW on July 8, 
2002, at 84. 



Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year degree/school 

Schools 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

GPP Center for Public Policy 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 



MC Mass Communications 
N Nursing 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 

Degrees 

AS Associate's Degree 
C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 
BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 
BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Rne Art 
BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisciplinary 
Studies 

F A L t 37 2 2 



BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of Music, 

Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MT Five-yearTeacher Education program includes 

a BA or BS/H&S and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 



Higher Education Bond Referendum, November 5, 2002 




School ofEnginemn^, I'hasc I! 

VCU Projects in Bond Bill 

School of Engineering, Phase II 
($6,200,000) 

Hibbs Building Major Renovations 
($8,766,000) 

Music Center Renovation 
($3,407,000) 

Franklin Terrace Renovations 
($3,524,000) 

Massey Cancer Center Addition 
($10,099,000) 

Medical Sciences Building, Phase I 
($22,550,000) 

Sanger Research Laboratory 
Renovations, Phase I 
($7,899,000) 

West Hospital and George Ben 
Johnston Auditorium Renovations 
($14,308,000) 



Dear Alumni: 

On November 5, 2002, Virginians will be asked to 
approve $846 million in bonds for badly needed higher edu- 
cation projects, both new construction and long overdue 
renovations. The support of our alumni will be crucial to the 
passage of the General Obligation Bond Referendum for 
Higher Education. 

Virginia Commonwealth University will receive approxi- 
mately $77 million if this bond referendum passes. These 
funds will go toward construction costs for Phase 11 of the 
School of Engineering, an addition to the Massey Cancer 
Center, and a new Medical Sciences Building. All these 
projects are receiving support from multiple public and 
private sources (see page 13). The state contribution will 
ensure that these facilities will be built and make significant 
contributions to the education of the future workforce, the 
enhancement of Virginia's high-tech and biotech economy, 
and treatments for Virginia's cancer patients. 
These funds also will support class- 
room and systems renovations for the Hibbs Building, the Music 
Center, and Franklin Terrace and for similar renovations in 
several buildings on the MCV Campus. 

This extraordinary opportunity comes to us at a time when 
state funding for higher education is, at best, stagnant and the 
possibility of slipping into mediocrity very real. That is why 1 am 
working closely with my colleagues across the Commonwealth to 
educate our constituencies about this important measure. Every 
public university, college, and community college in every region 
of the state will benefit from passage of the bond referendum. 
Projects will address the terrible conditions of many old facilities 
on Virginia's campuses and construct new buildings designed to 
meet new educational demands of the 21st century workforce 
and economy. 

Please join me in supporting the General Obligation Bond Bill 
for higher education in Virginia by learning all you can about its 
impact across the Commonwealth and educating especially for 
VCU. 1 very much appreciate your commitment 
to the future of our great academic and clinical 
community. 



Best regards, 

Eugene P. Trani 

President, Virginia Commonwealth University 

President and Chair of the Board of Directors, 

VCU Health System 




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